September 2020

2020 Acura TLX PMC — Lots of flash…..short on dash

By Jim Prueter

(September 30, 2020) Automotive oddities are actually not that rare. Through the years, we’ve tested numerous odd ball or special edition vehicles that actually aren’t all that special. A few that come to mind are the Nissan Murano Crosscabriolet, Chevrolet SSR, Scion/Toyota iQ, and Cadillac XLR, among others. Vehicles like this come and go all the time, and on paper, most of these seemed like a good idea at the time.

Infiniti adds two models to 2020 QX50 crossover lineup

By Paul Borden

(September 29, 2020) Having undergone a name change in 2014 and a redesign for 2019, Infiniti’s QX50 gets two new trim levels for 2020 with Sensory and Autograph models adding to the top of the lineup and giving buyers five looks to choose from, all offering a choice of either front-wheel or available all-wheel drive.

National average gas price holds steady as demand grows slightly

(September 29, 2020) The latest Energy Information Administration (EIA) report measures demand at 8.52 million barrels a day, which is a slight uptick from the previous week’s 8.48 million barrels. However, the small increase is still 850,000 barrels a day lower than last year at this time, AAA reports.

“Low demand, even as gasoline stocks decline, has helped pump prices decline or hold steady on the week,” said Jeanette Casselano, AAA spokesperson. “That is likely to continue into the fall as the season sees fewer road trips, especially amid the pandemic.”

2021 VW Atlas SEL — A formidable family friendly 3-row SUV

By Jim Prueter

(September 28, 2020) The Atlas, Volkswagen’s first large, three-row seven-passenger SUV was first introduced for the 2018 model year. It’s big — very big — and was designed for the needs of the modern American market, competing with popular SUVs like Ford Explorer, Chevrolet Traverse, Kia Telluride, and Hyundai Palisade, among others in the mid-sized SUV class of vehicles.

2020 Encore GX a larger version of Buick's Encore

By Paul Borden

(September 27, 2020) “Trickle down” is not just an economic theory that either works or doesn’t work mostly depending on your political views, but there is no doubt that “trickle down” when referred to in the automotive world works. Today safety and driver assistant features that once were exclusive to high-end luxury cars often are showing up on much less expensive vehicles, and not just as options.

Hyundai design center head talks about the all-new 2021 Tucson

(September 25, 2020) — Following the recent world premiere of the all-new Tucson, SangYup Lee, head of Hyundai Global Design Centre and senior vice president at Hyundai Motor Company, has given an interview about its revolutionary design. The all-new Tucson is the fourth generation of Hyundai’s successful best-selling model.

Since it launched in 2004, more than 7 million units have been sold worldwide. Hyundai’s new compact SUV arrives on the market with a progressive and ambitious new look that follows the company’s new Sensuous Sportiness design identity.

Edmunds: New vehicle retail sales make a big comeback in third quarter

(September 25, 2020) SANTA MONICA, Calif. — The car shopping experts at Edmunds say that the third quarter represents a positive turning point for the automotive industry despite challenges presented by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Edmunds analysts forecast that 3,850,707 new cars and trucks will be sold in the U.S., which reflects an 11% decrease from the third quarter of 2019, but a 30.6% increase compared to the second quarter of the year.

2021 Volvo XC90 T8-E Inscription — Delivering luxury, class, efficiency

By Jim Prueter

(September 23, 2020) For years, I’ve made long weekend pilgrimages to visit family, explore National Parks, and go on golf junkets, mostly because I love to drive and partly because it’s cheap. Recently, it seemed a certain virus might annul my trip to southern Utah, but restrictions eased just in time for our Bryce Canyon-Zion hiking excursion. We were in luck.

Low demand continues to pull national gas price lower

(September 22, 2020) The latest Energy Information Administration (EIA) report measures demand at 8.48 million barrels a day, which is a slight uptick from the previous week’s 8.39 million barrels a day. However, the small increase — likely due to holiday road trips — is still 461,000 barrels lower than last year at this time. Low demand, even as total domestic stocks of gasoline declined to 231.5 million barrels, has helped keep pump prices low, according to AAA.

Cox Automotive Mobility white paper explores post-COVID-19 EV market

(September 21, 2020) ATLANTA — While the electric vehicle (EV) market will take a hit in 2020, it will be more of a stall out than a vanishing act. Electric adoption is inevitable, but its pace is a big question. The latest white paper from Cox Automotive Mobility — titled "COVID-19 Recovery: Speed Bump or Accelerant for the EV Market?" — addresses the tailwinds, headwinds and whirlwinds impacting the EV future in the wake of the pandemic.