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UK Drivers’ 2018 Resolutions Include Learning To Reverse Properly 30
Dec
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Reports, Study, UK on 12 30th, 2017


With 2018 around the corner, some have already set their resolutions, most of which likely include hitting the gym more often or improving their skills in various fields.

However, Britain’s motorists might want to reconsider and include their driving skills as well, as a research conducted by Young Driver, which is the country’s largest pre-17 driving school, reveals.

One in four drivers admitted that they want to check the tire pressure and oil levels more often, being followed by 17 percent of the responders, who admitted that learning how to parallel park properly is something that they need to work on.

Another 15 percent of drivers said that they’re bad at reversing, and getting better is one of their New Year’s Resolutions, whereas 14 percent want to remain calm behind the wheel and avoid road rage.

Using a phone when driving remains a major concern, so 13 percent of the responders want to switch it off completely when they’re on the go. Always using their indicators when turning and checking the mirrors more often are also New Year’s Resolutions for 9 and 8 percent of drivers, respectively.

The list also includes learning how to reverse into a parking bay, less speeding, conquering the fear of driving on country roads, being more courteous to other road users including cyclists and pedestrians, and stop tailgating completely.



CR Rates Car Brands By Owner Satisfaction, Tesla Tops List, Nissan, Acura Come Last 22
Dec
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Consumer Reports, Electric Vehicles, Reports, Study, Tesla on 12 22nd, 2017


Since car ownership can have its ups and downs, data supplied by Consumer Reports’ annual Owner Satisfaction Survey can help future buyers make smarter decisions.

So how are things this year? Compared to 2016, the top two remains unchanged, with Tesla and Porsche as the clear cut winner and runner-up duo. However, where last year Audi, Subaru and Toyota rounded out the top 5, this year the order is Genesis, Chrysler (which climbed 4 spots) and Audi.

An interesting shift, but as the old saying goes, the people have spoken – and did so in numbers.

In order to piece together this year’s rankings, CR collected data on more than half a million vehicles, while taking into account whether or not an owner says they would buy the same car again. Respondents were also asked to rate their cars by driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio and climate systems.

Worth noting is that Alfa Romeo, Jaguar, Land Rover, Maserati, Smart and Fiat weren’t included in the chart, because of insufficient data. Last year, Fiat was ranked dead last.


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Study Reveals Ideal Car For British Motorists And It’s A Mess 21
Dec
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Alfa Romeo Giulia, Audi R8, Bentley, BMW 6-Series, Honda Civic Type-R, Hyundai i30, Lamborghini Gallardo, Lamborghini Urus, Renderings, Study, UK on 12 21st, 2017


If you could take any design cues you wanted from all your favorite cars and mash them together into something entirely new, what would that look like?

According to over 2,300 motorists who were polled on this issue, such a car would have the body of a Lamborghini Urus, Civic Type R alloys, an Alfa Romeo grille, Audi R8 doors, Gallardo spoiler, Hyundai i30 exhaust, BMW 6-Series lights and of course, a Bentley badge.

Which means that basically, it would be a very weird Bentley, one that also happens to be painted Electric blue, with a matte black roof and trim.

The survey was commissioned by webuyanycar.com, whose head of technical services, Richard Evans, still found something positive to say about the design.

“The final concept definitely still has a certain sporty edge though,” he stated, while adding that “we did expect two-seaters, convertibles and high-speed cars to prove more popular, so it was a surprise that larger shapes and more conventional features tended to top the poll.”

According to SWNS digital, the study also found that British motorists would gladly spend an additional £1,552 ($1,538) on average on upgrades, with a third of them loving the idea of having heated seats.

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AAA Study Shows Premium Gasoline Has Benefits But Probably Isn’t Worth It 12
Dec
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Reports, Study on 12 12th, 2017


The downsizing trend means an assortment of mainstream vehicles are now equipped with turbocharged engines and a number of them recommend using premium fuel.

This is a pricey proposition as a recent study by AAA found the price gap between regular and premium gasoline has increased from 23 cents in 2009 to 50 cents today. That means filling up a 20 gallon tank would cost an additional $10 when using premium fuel.

Besides showing the growing price gap, the study found an interesting change. While the group’s previous research determined there was no benefit to using premium gasoline in a vehicle designed to operate on regular fuel, the latest study found that “some vehicles – those that recommend, but do not require premium gasoline – may see increased fuel economy and performance under certain driving conditions when using the higher-octane gasoline.”

As part of the study, AAA tested a number of vehicles that simply recommend premium gasoline. The results showed the vehicles posted an average fuel economy gain of 2.7 percent but those numbers varied from a 1 percent decrease in the Audi A3 to a 7.1 percent improvement in the Cadillac Escalade.

In terms of performance, horsepower ratings climbed an average of 1.4 percent on premium fuel. However, the Jeep Renegade actually lost power while the Ford Mustang gained 3.2 percent more.

Despite some positive results, AAA says the cost of premium fuel might outweigh the benefits in vehicles that don’t require it. The group also noted the modest fuel economy gains would never offset the higher prices of premium gasoline.

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Japanese Vehicles Dominate CarMD’s Latest Reliability Rankings 8
Dec
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Acura, Chevrolet, Chevrolet Traverse, honda, Honda Civic, Hyundai, Kia, Kia Forte, Mazda, Mazda5, Study, TOYOTA on 12 8th, 2017


CarMD has released its latest Vehicle Health Index Make & Model Reliability Rankings which examine how often vehicles show their check engine lights and how much those resulting repairs typically cost.

According to the company, they analyzed the check engine health of more than 4.2 million vehicles from between 1996 and 2017. The data was collected from CarMD’s network of ASE-certified technicians who “recommend, validate and upload repairs and costs to the database on a daily basis.”

The results of the study show Hyundai vehicles have the lowest average repair cost for a check engine light issue as the resulting parts and labor typically cost owners $306. The company was closely followed by Mazda and Kia which both had costs under $320.

The costs vary significantly by model and three most affordable average repair costs were for the 2012 Mazda 5, 2015 Kia Forte and 2015 Chevrolet Traverse. The Mazda 5 was the clear winner as its average repair cost was just $109.30. The Forte and Traverse had averages of $150.02 and $152.60, respectively.

CarMD’s data also showed vehicles from Acura, Honda, and Toyota were the least likely to have their check engine light on. In terms of models themselves, the Honda Civic was determined to be the vehicle that is least likely to have a check engine warning. It was followed closely by the Toyota Camry and Corolla.

The company says at least 10 percent of vehicles in the United States have their check engine light on at any given time and repair costs car vary widely as sometimes the light is activated for something as simple as not fully tightening the gas cap.

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Study Suggests Pokemon Go Could Have Caused 145,000 Traffic Accidents 4
Dec
Posted by Brad Anderson in Games, Reports, Study on 12 4th, 2017


A new study out of the United States suggests Pokémon Go could have resulted in more than 100,000 additional traffic accidents in the United States at the height of the game’s popularity.

Professors Mara Faccio and John J. McConnell from the Krannert School of Management at Purdue University, were intrigued to discover that after decades of falling traffic fatalities in the United States, fatalities began to rise again after 2011.

Many researchers blame smartphones for the increase in traffic fatalities and Faccio and McConnell decided to see if they could lay partial blame on a single game over an 18 months period.

To do so, they gathered accident data from Tippecanoe County in Indiana between 1 March 2015 and 30 November 2016. Following the release of Pokémon Go in July 2016, over 100 million people downloaded the game within a month and curiously, the likelihood of an accident occurring within 100 meters of a Pokestop rose by 26.5 per cent in the county. Looking at other locations, the researchers found similar results.

Scaling up these figures to the entire United States, the researchers suggest the game could have increased crashes by 145,632, raised the number of traffic injuries by 29,370 and fatalities by 256 in just five months. The costs associated with these accidents was estimated at between $2 billion and $7.3 billion.

Obviously, the nationwide figures published by the researchers are purely speculative but they do make you wonder…

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Study Claims One In Six New Cars Will Be Electric By 2025, Tesla Will Lead The Pack 3
Dec
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Electric Vehicles, Reports, Study, Tesla, Tesla Model 3 on 12 3rd, 2017

According to an UBS global autos study, 16% of cars sold around the world in the year 2025 will be electric, and most of them will be wearing a Tesla badge.

The study, which you can check out here, also indicates that total EV sales should hit 16.5 million by the middle of the next decade, marking a 16% increase over previous estimates of a 14 percent share, reports Bloomberg.

“The shift to electric cars will come faster and in a more pronounced way, fueled by the diesel demise in Europe, battery technology advancements and regulation in China and Europe,” said UBS analyst Patrick Hummel, who expects Tesla to be on top when it’s all said and done.

Yet, it’s also looking like Europe will have the highest EV market penetration, with nearly 30% of all new cars sold expected to be electrified.

Meanwhile, established automakers such as BMW and Daimler AG continue to spend billions trying to leapfrog Tesla, but may find that this is not an easy task.

“Tesla’s increasing popularity seems directly correlated to the launch of the Model 3, the brand’s first mass-market car. Most of the other brands have lost ground in the current survey,” Hummel concluded.

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What Do American Parents Love And Hate On Road Trips? 16
Nov
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Chevrolet, Reports, Study, Tech, USA on 11 16th, 2017


With the Thanksgiving holiday nearly upon us, Chevrolet wanted to find out what stresses American parents the most when taking a family road trip, as well as what gives them peace of mind.

The survey was conducted by Harris Poll on behalf of Chevrolet, revealing that keeping the kids entertained actually ranked lower than heavy traffic when it comes to stressing out the average family.

Moreover, parents have indicated that new in-vehicle technologies can improve the road trip experience by making gridlock situations more bearable. In fact, 56% of American parents said that Wi-Fi/internet connectivity is the top in-vehicle tech when it comes to family road trips.

“As families prepare to hit the road this holiday to spend time with friends and family, they can depend on crossovers like the 2018 Chevrolet Traverse and Equinox to meet their needs, from storage space to USB outlets, available 4G LTE Wi-Fi and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto2 compatibility,” said Chevrolet marketing director Steve Majoros.

The survey also revealed that, in spite of stressful moments on the road, taking a road trip with the family is still a positive experience. In fact, 93% of American parents said they enjoy road trips with the family, while 53% went as far as to say they “love” these trips.

Furthermore, 90% of parents who take road trips say their kids also enjoy time on the road, with 69% stating that exploring and stopping at interesting locations and destinations are their top two favorite aspects of family road trips, followed by unplugging from everyday life (49%), indulging in food and snacks (44%) and being out on the open road (45%).

Other interesting stats show that American parents believe the perfect family road trip length is typically six hours, and that packing 6.6 mobile devices on average is the way to go. As for what type of car to use, nearly two-thirds (63%) say they would prefer to take their family road trip in an SUV, with 42% preferring a large SUV with three rows of seats.

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Study Says Ride-Hailing Services Will Lead To Declining Car Sales 14
Nov
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Electric Vehicles, Lyft, PHEV, Reports, Study, Uber on 11 14th, 2017


According to a study by IHS Markit, global car sales will be on the decline over the next two decades as consumers are set to embrace on-demand car-hailing services.

While about 80 million vehicles per year are currently sold in the U.S., Europe, China and India, these numbers are anticipated to drop to 54 million over the next 23 years.

The study also points to all-electric vehicles accounting for about 19% of all-sales by the year 2040, with plug-in hybrids accounting for another 14% of sales. Meanwhile, cars powered by petrol or diesel will make up about 62% of new car sales in the previously-mentioned markets.

“A great ‘automotive paradox’ – where more travel via car than ever, but fewer cars will be needed by individuals – will be a defining quality of the new automotive future,” said IHS Markit, vice chairman, Daniel Yergin, while adding that this shift is “just the beginning.”

The mobility service industry itself will buy more than 10 million cars in 2040 in the four markets analyzed in this study. This would mark a significant increase compared to the roughly 300,000 used in 2017, reports Autonews.

Ironically, even though fewer cars will be sold in the future, demand for petroleum is expected to go up, from the current 98 million barrels per day, to 115 million barrels in 2040 – however, it’s important to note that cars will only account for a third of total oil demand.

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These Are The Best And Worst Car Colors For Resale Value 5
Nov
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Reports, Study, used cars on 11 5th, 2017


Even though people generally choose the color of their cars based on their personal preferences, when it comes to resale value, it seems certain statistics are worth considering.

A Study conducted by car search engine iSeeCars analyzed over 2.1 million used car sales and found that color did indeed impact value when passing on ownership.

For example, cars depreciate 33.1% on average in the first three years, with yellow ones holding onto their value best, registering a depreciation rate of just 27%. On the opposite end of the spectrum are gold cars, which depreciate by a whooping 37.1%.

“Yellow cars are relatively less common, which could drive up demand and help maintain their value,” said Phong Ly, iSeeCars CEO. “Our analysis shows that yellow vehicles have the lowest depreciation of any color for lower-volume cars like convertibles. Interestingly, yellow is also the color with the least depreciation for popular body styles like SUVs and pickup trucks.”

According to the research, orange and green cars are also good at retaining their value, and like yellow ones, they are also less common. Together, yellow, orange and green cars only make up 1.2% of all three-year old cars.

Before you “blame” these numbers on rarity alone, consider the fact that the three worst colors, beige, purple and gold, also make up a very small percentage, rated at 0.7%.

Interestingly, just because certain colors hold their value very well, doesn’t mean those cars are also selling quickly. Yellow cars average 41.5 days on the used car market, with orange ones at 38.1 and green at 36.2, all while the “average car” needs 36.5 days to sell.



U.S. Featured Heavily In List Of 20 Most Congested Cities In The World 4
Nov
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Reports, Study on 11 4th, 2017


If you’re curious to find out whether the city you live in is among the 20 worst places in the world when it comes to traffic, you’ve come to the right place.

Thanks to data from the 2016 Inrix Global Scorecard, RegTransfers has put together a list of the top 10 congested cities around the world, and it’s safe to say, it’s not looking too great for the U.S.

After looking at the average hours spent in traffic for 1,064 cities in 38 different countries, it would seem that Los Angeles is the last place where you’d want to get stuck in traffic.

In fact, the average driver will spend no less than 104.1 hours per year in LA traffic, considerably more than somebody living in Moscow, where they spend roughly 91.4 hours behind the wheel on an annual basis.

Rounding off the top ten are cities like New York (89.4 hrs), San Francisco (82.6 hrs), Bogota (79.8 hrs), Sao Paulo (77.2 hrs), London (73.4 hrs), Atlanta (70.8 hrs), Paris (65.3 hrs) and Miami (64.8 hrs).

Other U.S. cities like Washington, Dallas, Boston, Chicago and Seattle are also quite congested, joining the likes of Bangkok, Mexico City, Istanbul, Krasnodar and Jakarta in the Top 20.



U.S. Featured Heavily In List Of 20 Most Congested Cities In The World 4
Nov
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Reports, Study on 11 4th, 2017


If you’re curious to find out whether the city you live in is among the 20 worst places in the world when it comes to traffic, you’ve come to the right place.

Thanks to data from the 2016 Inrix Global Scorecard, RegTransfers has put together a list of the top 10 congested cities around the world, and it’s safe to say, it’s not looking too great for the U.S.

After looking at the average hours spent in traffic for 1,064 cities in 38 different countries, it would seem that Los Angeles is the last place where you’d want to get stuck in traffic.

In fact, the average driver will spend no less than 104.1 hours per year in LA traffic, considerably more than somebody living in Moscow, where they spend roughly 91.4 hours behind the wheel on an annual basis.

Rounding off the top ten are cities like New York (89.4 hrs), San Francisco (82.6 hrs), Bogota (79.8 hrs), Sao Paulo (77.2 hrs), London (73.4 hrs), Atlanta (70.8 hrs), Paris (65.3 hrs) and Miami (64.8 hrs).

Other U.S. cities like Washington, Dallas, Boston, Chicago and Seattle are also quite congested, joining the likes of Bangkok, Mexico City, Istanbul, Krasnodar and Jakarta in the Top 20.



Almost One-Third Of New Vehicles Don’t Have A Spare Tire! 20
Oct
Posted by Brad Anderson in AAA, Reports, Study on 10 20th, 2017


Approximately one-third of 2017 model year vehicles sold in the United States don’t come with spare tires, the American Automobile Association (AAA) has discovered.
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Almost One-Third Of New Vehicles Don’t Have A Spare Tire! 20
Oct
Posted by Brad Anderson in AAA, Reports, Study on 10 20th, 2017


Approximately one-third of 2017 model year vehicles sold in the United States don’t come with spare tires, the American Automobile Association (AAA) has discovered.
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Americans Still Worried About Hacking Issues In Autonomous Cars 5
Oct
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Autonomous, Reports, Study on 10 5th, 2017


Based on a new survey, U.S. drivers remain worried when it comes to self-driving cars, unsure if they feel OK having them on the road.
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