September 2018

J.D. Power 2018 vehicle ratings guage ownership experience

(September 10, 2018) COSTA MESA, Calif. — Visitors to car-shopping site can quickly gauge the ownership experience of any current model by accessing the vehicle's rating on the site's 100-Point Score.

Given that the scores are based on depreciation and verified data from real owners in the areas of quality, dependability, performance, reviews, awards and dealership ratings, what are the site's highest-rated vehicles?

Charting the performance of the GTI in America

(September 7, 2018) A new infographic illustrates the ever increasing performance of each generation of Volkswagen's GTI. The graphic focuses on the GTI's American history, celebrating its evolution with an overview of the car's performance. Charting horsepower, the graphic reveals how the hot hatch has improved from the MkI through today's MkVII.

Black Label — Opulent 2018 Lincoln Navigator is first in its class

By Jim Prueter

(September 6, 2018) Earlier this year we drove and reviewed the all-new, completely redesigned Lincoln Navigator and came away with rave reviews and enthusiastic plaudits to the designers and engineers at Lincoln. It is an outstanding vehicle that we placed at the top in its competitor segment.

Edmunds says zero percent finance deals are going away

(September 6, 2018) SANTA MONICA, Calif. — Zero percent finance deals were more elusive than expected for car shoppers in August, according to the experts at Edmunds. The percentage of sales with zero percent finance deals has been cut in half in the last two years — dropping from 14.6 percent of transactions in August 2016 to only 7.4 percent this August.

Gas prices remain steady despite high demand

(September 5, 2018) At $2.83, the national gas price average is trending toward lower gas prices that motorists haven’t seen since early May. Today’s national gas price average is one-cent less on the week, four-cents cheaper than last month, but 19-cents more than a year ago, according to statistics compiled by AAA.

Motorists took advantage of these stable and lower prices by driving gasoline demand to its highest level ever on record at 9.899 barrels for the week ending Aug. 24, according to the Energy Information Administration. But that spike is not expected to continue.

Small SUV transaction prices weaken despite sales growth

(September 4, 2018) IRVINE, Calif. —The analysts at Kelley Blue Book today reported the estimated average transaction price for light vehicles in the United States was $35,541 in August. New-vehicle prices increased by $643 (up 1.8 percent) from August 2017, while remaining flat (up 0.1 percent) from last month.

"Average transaction prices are up for the industry, as most manufacturers reported gains from the sales mix continuing to shift from cars to SUVs," said Tim Fleming, analyst for Kelley Blue Book.