Memorial Day weekend sales expected to prop up May new vehicle sales

(May 29, 2020) SANTA MONICA, Calif. — The car shopping experts at Edmunds say that generous financing offers and incentives during Memorial Day weekend helped give the auto industry a much-needed boost in May, forecasting that 1,074,542 new cars and trucks will be sold in the U.S. for an estimated seasonally adjusted annual rate (SAAR) of 11.8 million. This reflects a 32.5% decrease in sales from May 2019, but a 50.5% increase from April 2020.

BMW X1 shows that good things can come in small packages

By Paul Borden

(May 28, 2020) As you may surmise from the numerical designation, the X1 is the smallest of BMW’s fleet of  SUVs, but don’t sell it short. This is a roomy vehicle that delivers both a fun driving experience while remaining true to the functional aspects of the SUV segment, or SAV for Sports Activity Vehicle in BMW parlance.

Autotrader names Lexus, Hyundai best certified pre-owned programs for 2020

(May 28, 2020) ATLANTA — A certified pre-owned (CPO) vehicle offers some of the advantages of both new and used cars. CPO is a pre-owned car, meaning a lower price for shoppers, and the car is also certified, which means it's gone through a thorough inspection and comes with a manufacturer's warranty and often a few other perks. Nearly every carmaker offers a CPO program, making it difficult to know which CPO programs are the best.

National gas price average returning to $2 a gallon

(May 27, 2020) After dropping to a low of $1.76 in April, the national gas price average is pennies away from hitting the $2/gallon mark. Today’s average is $1.96, which is eight cents higher than a week ago, 19 cents more than last month, but still a significant 87 cents cheaper than the end of May 2019.

Hyundai launches Clean Assurance as its commitment to consumer health

(May 25, 2020) FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif.  — In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Hyundai Motor America is providing its dealer body with Clean Assurance guidelines to help safeguard the health of its customers. As communities across the country reopen, customers can expect Hyundai dealers to follow their local state, county and city guidelines that include social distancing and cleaning measures at their facilities.

2020 Toyota Corolla — A good alternative to the poplar CUV

By Russ Heaps
Clanging Bell

(May 22, 2020) Totally redesigned, the 2020 Toyota Corolla is the latest iteration of the best-selling nameplate around the globe. First on sale in Japan in 1966, Corolla finally made its way into U.S. showrooms in 1968. This new Corolla is its 12th generation. I've been covering the auto industry for eight of those launches and have probably written at least a dozen Corolla reviews over the years. Last year saw the introduction of the 2020 Toyota Corolla hatchback. This year Toyota released the redesigned 2020 Corolla sedan. Time to write another review!

Car shoppers can expect big discounts this weekend, according to Edmunds

(May 22, 2020) SANTA MONICA, Calif. — Consumers in a position to purchase a new car can look forward to bigger bargains than usual this Memorial Day weekend, according to the car shopping experts at Edmunds. Edmunds' experts say that prior model year selldown efforts were severely affected by the coronavirus pandemic: Edmunds data shows that 1 out of 10 new vehicles on dealer lots in May were 2019 model year vehicles, which means that shoppers can find more clearance vehicles to choose from this holiday weekend compared to years past.

Motorists to see cheapest Memorial Day pump prices in nearly two decades

(May 22, 2020) Pump prices continue to increase across the country with nearly every state’s average pushing more expensive on the week, on average by four cents. At the start of the Memorial Day work week, the national gas price average is $1.87.

The last time the national gas price average leading into the holiday was under $2/gallon was 17 years ago in 2003. That year motorists paid, on average, $1.50 to fill-up. Gas prices this year won’t be as cheap as 2003, but today’s national average is a dollar cheaper than one year ago.

2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG GT 53 is Wunderbar

By Jim Prueter

(May 20, 2020) Introduced last year, Mercedes launched its first dedicated four-door only AMG model that the brand calls a Coupe. Previously, AMG’s models with four-doors were brought to life via the modification of existing Mercedes-Benz product offerings adding it as a trim level. The GT is only available as an AMG model.

Summer season kicks off with lowest gas prices since 2003

(May 20, 2020) BOSTON – Motorists hitting the road for Memorial Day weekend will be greeted by the lowest national average for the holiday weekend since 2003, rising gently in the coming days to $1.93 per gallon on Memorial Day, according to GasBuddy. It will be the first time the national average has been below $2 per gallon during the holiday weekend in 17 years, when the national average stood at $1.46 per gallon.