December 2015

Kelley Blue Book lists 10 best new car deals for December

(December 17, 2015) IRVINE, Calif. — Just in time for the holidays and year-end bargains, 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 December from a variety of auto manufacturers.

Holiday travel with your pet may not be as safe as you think

(December 16, 2015) NEW YORK — As many people finalize holiday travel plans that include their pets, a new "whitepaper" report from warns of the dangers posed by driving with unrestrained pets in the car — to both pets and people. "Driving with an unrestrained pet in the car is not only distracting, but a serious safety concern for both passengers and pets," said Michael Miskulin, editor at 

McLarens in miniature — Stocking stuffers

(December 15, 2015) Production of the full size McLaren P1 may have ended but McLaren Automotive has linked up with selected partners to offer every fan of any age a scaled down McLaren P1 of their own.  Many sizes, shapes and styles are available, from 1:64 models all the way up to an exact, hand-crafted 1:8 scale replica.

Majority of American drivers on parking lot naughty list

(December 14, 2015) ORLANDO, Fla. — This holiday season, as parking lots at shopping malls fill with millions of vehicles, AAA warns drivers to avoid a common parking lot mistake. According to a new survey, more than three quarters (76 percent) of U.S. drivers most frequently park their vehicle by pulling forward into a parking spot, rather than backing in, a riskier practice that driving experts warn leaves pedestrians more vulnerable when a driver later reverses from the spot and into the traffic lane.

New vehicle registrations top 17 million for first time since 2006

(December 14, 2015) SCHAUMBURG, Ill. —  Experian Automotive today announced that new vehicle registration volumes for light-duty vehicles reached the highest point in the past nine years. During the rolling year from Nov. 1, 2014, through Oct. 31, 2015, there were more than 17 million new vehicles registered within the United States — a metric that hasn't been achieved since 2006.

The highest number of new registration volumes on record was 17.4 million in 2006, and the lowest point was during the Great Recession, when volumes hit 10.2 million in 2009.

Analysis shows stronger economy can be bad news for highway safety

(December 14, 2015) ARLINGTON, Va. — An analysis of federal crash statistics by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety shows how economic recessions and subsequent recoveries affect crash deaths. Historical crash data point to the economic recovery as one likely cause of the increase in deaths.

Recent headlines imply that the years of declining traffic fatalities may be over for now. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has estimated that crash deaths increased 8 percent during the first six months of 2015. That would put the U.S. on pace for the highest toll since 2008.

Three electric drivetrains on Wards 10 Best Engines list

By WardsAuto

(December 11, 2015) Three electrified drivetrains earn spots on the Wards 10 Best Engines list for the first time ever, joined by two naturally aspirated V-6s, a muscle-car V-8, a turbocharged/supercharged 4-cylinder, turbocharged inline 6-cylinder and two returning winners.

Now in its 22nd year, the competition recognizes outstanding engines and electrified propulsion systems, as well as the technology and engineering behind them.

Nearly 9 out of 10 used car shoppers willing to consider CPO vehicles

(December 10, 2015) SANTA MONICA, Calif. — An overwhelming majority of used car shoppers say that they would be willing to pay more for a certified pre-owned (CPO) vehicle, according to the results of a survey released Wednesday by car shopping destination

The findings come at a time when CPO sales are at their highest all-time levels, and are expected by Edmunds analysts to continue to grow in the coming year.

Comparison chart shows how 1985 CRX Si set a very high bar

(December 9, 2015) — While the 1985 CRX Si and 2015 Civic Si Coupe are profoundly different vehicles, a new comparison chart from proves that the '85 CRX Si was a tremendous vehicle, even by today's standards. Comparing performance specs as well as fuel economy and up-front costs (inflation adjusted), the 1985 CRX Si stands out even today.

Ram 1500 named Fleet Truck of the Year by Automotive Fleet magazine

(December 9, 2015) AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — Automotive Fleet magazine has announced that the Ram 1500 truck has been named its 2015 Fleet Truck of the Year, an award driven by reader input. The announcement marks the second time in three years Ram Truck has earned the publication’s top honor.

“There is little doubt, looking at the ballots, that the Ram 1500 is resonating with our readers — commercial fleet managers of the largest fleets in nation,” said Sherb Brown, vice president and group publisher of Automotive Fleet magazine.