December 2021

2021's worst red-light runners caught on video

(December 29, 2021) MESA, Ariz. — Verra Mobility, a leading provider of smart mobility technology solutions and the country's largest provider of red-light and speed safety cameras, has released a video of 2021's most egregious red-light runners. In the latest in the company's annual series, this year's video vividly reinforces that red-light running is one of the most dangerous traffic scenarios on American roads.

Experts say drivers should brace for more pain at the pump

(December 29, 2021) The falling trend in retail gasoline prices has likely hit bottom and drivers should expect a fresh run of higher prices before seeing relief at the pump again, according to several industry experts, with one predicting a peak as high as $4 per gallon by spring, according to a story Tuesday in the Epoch Times.

Gas prices drift lower in face of uncertainty

(December 28, 2021) WASHINGTON, D.C. — Gasoline prices fluctuated over the past few days as fears of an omicron-driven economic slowdown were countered by news of a severe fire at a major oil refinery. Last Thursday, four people were injured when a fire erupted at the Exxon Mobil Corp refinery in Baytown, Texas. The plant is one of the largest refining and petrochemical facilities in the United States.

Infiniti brings back QX60 after giving it a welcome makeover for 2022

By Paul Borden

(December 27, 2021) After languishing among its high-class competitors for nearly a decade, the Infiniti QX60 is back after a year’s production hiatus with a fresher appearance and impressive interior upgrades that make it worthy of its role as a “luxury” midsize SUV. The 2022 Infiniti QX60 comes with an engine that is more than capable of handling its heft smoothly and confidently and in a style fitting for the most pickiest of its critics.

Lack of supply still restricting new-vehicle sales in December

(December 26, 2021) New-vehicle retail sales for December are expected to decline when compared with December 2020, according to a joint forecast from J.D. Power and LMC Automotive. Retail sales of new vehicles this month are expected to reach 1,105,800 units, a 17.4% decrease compared with December 2020 when adjusted for selling days. December 2021 has one fewer selling day than December 2020. Comparing the same sales volume without adjusting for the number of selling days translates to a decrease of 20.4% from 2020.

Edmunds sees pent-up demand, forecasts 15.2 million sales in 2022

(December 23, 2021) SANTA MONICA, Calif. —  The car shopping experts at Edmunds say that the automotive industry faces yet another challenging year marked by inventory shortages amid strong consumer demand, forecasting that 15.2 million new cars will be sold in 2022. Edmunds analysts note that this would represent a 1.2% increase from their estimate of 15 million new vehicle sales in 2021.

Dead car battery? Don't get stranded in the cold

(December 22, 2021) CHICAGO — Being stranded in the cold with a dead battery is the last thing any driver wants, but dead batteries are a leading cause of breakdowns in winter months, say the battery experts at CTEK. Cold temperatures require a battery to use up to twice the normal current to start the engine, an extreme demand that shortens battery life.

Kelley Blue Book names most awarded cars, automotive brands of 2021

(December 22, 2021) IRVINE, Calif. —With more than 300 different new models available in the marketplace each year, it can be overwhelming for car shoppers to know where to begin as they search for their next vehicle. To help shoppers narrow their focus and provide an at-a-glance look at the top winners this year according to the experts, Kelley Blue Book recently named its 10 Most Awarded Cars of 2021 and 10 Most Awarded Brands of 2021.

2022 Volkswagen Taos — New sub-compact crossover definitely worth a look

By Jim Prueter

(December 21, 2021) The Taos is Volkswagens newest small crossover, almost a foot shorter, but extremely close in size to the Tiguan, sharing the same platform. In the Volkswagen hierarchy of crossovers, it sits at the bottom of the now five-crossover lineup, with the Atlas at the top. Although, a case could be made that the dazzling new all-electric ID.4 might hold that position, depending on your perspective.

Gas prices keep dropping, but increased demand may spell higher prices

(December 21, 2021) WASHINGTON, D.C.  — Gasoline demand surged last week, buoyed by increased pre-holiday consumer confidence. But fears of the COVID-19 omicron variant’s economic impact may threaten future global oil consumption.  As a result, pump prices fell again last week as crude oil prices wobbled — neither rising steadily nor falling rapidly. The national average for a gallon of gas dipped three cents to $3.30.