August 2015

Leather or leatherette? Vehicle owners often can't tell the difference

(August 21, 2015) WESTLAKE VILLAGE, Calif. — The quality of synthetic leather materials used on new-vehicle seats has gotten so good that new-vehicle owners often don't know or can't tell if their vehicle's seats are leather or leatherette — a synthetic leather-like material —  according to the J.D. Power 2015 Seat Quality and Satisfaction Study released this week.

Used car prices hit record high, according to Edmunds

(August 21, 2015) SANTA MONICA, Calif. — The average used car sold in the U.S. is getting younger and pricier, according to the latest Used Vehicle Market Report from car shopping destination According to the report, the trends suggest a shifting tide in used car inventories, which are skewing more toward newer off-lease vehicles and certified pre-owned (CPO) programs.

Edmunds identifies 11 best used cars for college students

(August 20, 2015) SANTA MONICA, Calif. — Just in time for the new school year, car shopping destination identified 11 used cars and SUVs that best meet the needs of today's college students. Understanding that students value a vehicle that is inexpensive to buy and maintain but is still stylish and equipped with high-tech features to fit their always-on lifestyle, Edmunds' experts compiled a list that is sure to have the perfect vehicle for any student in the Pac-12 or Big East or anywhere in between.

Poll finds interest in electric and hybrid vehicles little changed since 2012

(August 19, 2015) NEW YORK — Electric cars — encompassing the full battery of products ranging from traditional hybrids, plug-in hybrids and pure electric vehicles — have seen some impressive benchmarks come and go in recent years. 2013 and 2014 each saw sales for this segment exceeding the half-million mark, and 2015 is on track for a repeat.

As of the end of July, nearly 290,000 vehicles with a battery generating at least some of their momentum have been sold in the U.S., including nearly 120,000 plug-in models (whether pure electrics or plug-in hybrids).

Steel industry powerhouse returns as title sponsor of TAWA Truck Rodeo

(August 19, 2015) The Steel Market Development Institute (SMDI), a business unit of the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI), has returned as title sponsor of the 2015 Texas Truck Rodeo. The Texas Auto Writers Association (TAWA) rodeo brings journalists from throughout Texas and the U.S. to evaluate the nation’s top trucks and SUVs each fall.

Porsche, GMC 'most ideal' brands in AutoPacific survey

(August 18, 2015) TUSTIN, Calif. — Automotive research and consulting firm AutoPacific, Inc., today announced the 2015 Ideal Vehicle Awards (IVA). AutoPacific's IVAs recognize vehicles that best meet their owner's expectations and desires, helping consumers make informed vehicle purchase decisions with "owners talking" feedback.

Kelley Blue Book lists 10 best new-car deals for August

(August 13, 2015) IRVINE, Calif. — The experts from Kelley Blue Book have assembled their list of the 10 best lease, financing and cash back deals for new cars available in August from a variety of auto manufacturers.

"August is a great time to snag a deal on a new 2015 model-year car, as dealers are clearing their lots during this summer sell-down period making way for the new 2016 model-year inventory,"  said Jack R. Nerad, executive editorial director and executive market analyst for Kelley Blue Book's 

It's a myth that only new car dealers can service vehicles under warranty

(August 12, 2015) BETHESDA, Md. — True or false: Until your vehicle is out-of-warranty, it must be serviced by the new car dealer or the factory warranty will be void. Although you may have answered "true," the correct answer is "false," according to the Car Care Council.

It's the law that independent repair shops can provide the services to maintain your new car warranty. Consumers are protected by the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act, enforced by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), which prohibits a manufacturer from voiding the vehicle warranty because service was done by a non-dealer.

U.S. average gas prices drop for 26 consecutive days

(August 11, 2015) WASHINGTON — The national average price for regular unleaded gasoline has fallen for 26 consecutive days, reaching Monday's average of $2.59 per gallon. This is the longest streak of consecutive declines since January, and pump prices have moved lower by 19 cents per gallon over this period, according to AAA.

Audi outlines its future with highly automated driving

(August 10, 2015) At Audi, piloted driving means safe, comfortable driving in partnership. Because of this, the company has been actively involved in the Cooperative Highly-Automated Driving” (Ko-HAF) research initiative, which develops standards and solutions for cooperative highly-automated driving. Audi will introduce piloted driving in the next generation of the Audi A8.