March 2023

Multifaceted approach could help end distracted driving

By The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety

(March 31, 2023) A multifaceted approach could help end distracted driving, a new study from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety shows.Along with strengthening laws and beefing up enforcement, safety officials should concentrate on leveraging friendships and family ties to inspire change, making drivers more aware of how serious a threat distraction represents and offering solutions to the common barriers that prevent them from simply ignoring their phones, an IIHS survey of drivers suggests.

Cadillac XT6 Sport AWD — Super Cruising into 2023

By Jim Prueter

(March 30, 2023) Little has changed for the 2023 Cadillac XT6 mid-sized vehicle since we first tested it as an all — new vehicle for the 2020 model year. The 3-row hauler slots between Cadillac’s XT5 and the full-size Escalade and is about the size of a Ford Explorer or Chevrolet Traverse. While not one of the better choices in the premium luxury SUV class what makes it particularly compelling this year is the availability of Cadillac’s Super Cruise hands-free highway driving assist option.

Rising electric rates lowering EV at-home charging satisfaction

J.D. Power study finds EV owners
with Level 2 chargers paying more

(March 30, 2023) TROY, Mich.— The growing electric vehicle (EV) marketplace has encountered rising electricity rates due in part to the recent U.S. inflationary period, resulting in lower satisfaction with home charging, according to the J.D. Power 2023 U.S. Electric Vehicle Experience (EVX) Home Charging Study. More than two-thirds (68%) of EV owners use a Level 2 permanently mounted station, but their overall satisfaction declined 12 points year over year to 740 (on a 1,000-point scale).

Vehicle safety is the single most important feature for women

Study by Women's World Car of Year
jury: Safety tops performance

(March 29, 2023) When it comes to cars, safety is the single most important feature desired by women, according to a global survey commissioned by South African insurer 1st for Women with members of the global Women’s World Car of the Year (WWCOTY) jury. Carried out by South African WWCOTY juror Charleen Clarke, the survey has found that practicality, performance, and space are all tied in second place.

Consumer spending on new vehicles sets first quarter record

(March 28, 2021) Total new-vehicle sales for March, including retail and non-retail transactions, are projected to reach 1,330,700 units, a 6.2% increase from March 2022, according to a joint forecast from J.D. Power and LMC Automotive. March 2023 has the same number of selling days as March 2022.

Study — Benefits seen from small overlap front crash ratings

(March 28, 2023) Driving a vehicle that earns a good rating in the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s driver-side small overlap front crash test reduces your risk of dying in a real-world crash, a new IIHS study shows. A driver in a good-rated vehicle is 12 percent less likely than a driver in a poor-rated one to be killed in a frontal crash, the study found.

What’s the best age to learn to drive? Study finds younger is better

(March 27, 2023) For 120 years in the United Kingdom it’s been a legal requirement to be over 17-years old when driving a car on public roads. When driving licenses were first introduced in 1903, anyone aged 17 or older could apply — even though they didn’t need to take a test. However, one driving school in the UK is challenging whether 17 is the right age to learn to drive — even if that remains the age you’re allowed on the roads.

Land Rover Defender 130 takes a classy approach to off-roading

Photos by Paul Borden

By Paul Borden

(March 26, 2023) After a production hiatus that lasted for just over two decades, Land Rover brought back the Defender model for 2020, giving it the customary off-roading capability the company is known for while also delivering a refined performance for on-road ventures.. The 2023 Land Rover Defender is offered in a myriad of versions and trim packages with three different body styles for 2023.

Pump prices stuck in neutral for now

(March 24, 2023) WASHINGTON, D.C. — Spring has sprung with gas demand surging last week as motorists took advantage of better driving weather. But fears of a recession caused global oil prices to hover near $70 a barrel, mitigating a rise in gas prices. The national average for a gallon of regular gasoline drifted lower since last week by three cents to hit $3.43.

Global automotive manufacturers are rethinking 'just in time' approach

(March 21, 2023) Supply chain disruption and rising material costs are causing the global automotive industry to re-evaluate lean manufacturing principles, reveals a new survey commissioned by ABB Robotics. Shifting from ‘just-in-time’ to ‘just in case’ strategies, manufacturers are holding more stock to protect against unplanned disruptions.