Gas Prices

Why A Gas Price Spike Could Hit Some States Harder Than Others
Why A Gas Price Spike Could Hit Some States Harder Than Others

A surge to $4-a-gallon gas could affect drivers, and local economies, in much more severe ways in Mississippi or Louisiana than in New York or Connecticut. That's one of the results of a new analysis from the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), which crunches the numbers to point out how much...Read More»

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No Threat Of $4-Per-Gallon Gas, But Prices Will Top $3 Soon

Gas prices keep creeping upward, but don't expect any relief anytime soon. Don't expect $4 either. That's what the federal government warns in its latest monthly report; the U.S. Energy Information Administration has predicted that gas prices will jump well past the $3-a-gallon mark in much of the...Read More»

Alpine Blackbird Portable Navigation System
Walmart, Starbucks Most Popular Nav-System Destinations

When in unfamiliar areas, drivers like finding pizza, Starbucks, and Walmart, and drivers in sprawling Phoenix are much more likely than those elsewhere to go out of their way for cheap gas. Those are among the many interesting findings from the navigation-services company TeleNav. Beginning in...Read More»

2011 Ford Fiesta sedan
Gas Prices Are Up…But Small-Car And Hybrid Interest Down?

A continued rise in fuel prices means that people migrate to smaller vehicles and those that get higher fuel economy. Right? Well that's what common sense might lead us to think, but the Fuel Price Impact Survey from the Tustin, California-based market-research firm AutoPacific shows otherwise. The...Read More»

Turkey crossing
Over The River And Through The Woods Is Getting Pricey

If you're one of the 33.2 million Americans planning to drive to grandma's, the in-laws, or the local outlet mall this Thanksgiving/Black Friday holiday, be prepared for three things: lots of traffic, lewd postprandial stories from Uncle Ted, and unpleasant numbers at the pump. Gas prices have...Read More»

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Raising The Gas Tax: Auto Execs Push An Unpopular Solution

We’ve been here before. The government mandates more fuel-efficient vehicles across the board, yet the American public continues to gravitate toward what’s big and powerful. Barring this era of greater responsibility and restraint, which might pass like a fleeting fancy with the recession, why...Read More»

2010 Chevrolet Aveo LT w/1LT
Friendly, Fuel-Sipping Chevy Aveo: Even Used In Bank Robberies!

The practical, fuel efficient Chevrolet Aveo can save you money both on the purchase price and the gasoline it sips in use. The four-door sedan seats four, and the hatchback offers easily accessible load space for canvas sacks stuffed with banknotes. But if you're going to use it for a getaway...Read More»

'Oil Barrels, 2008' (detail) by Chris Jordan
U.S. Government Considers Capping Speculation In Oil Trading

It's no secret that the price of oil--and subsequently, gasoline--has a profound effect on the types of vehicles consumers want. When per-barrel prices hit $145 last summer and gas was over $4 per gallon, folks finally paid attention to all those minicars they'd been hearing about. Now that oil is...Read More»

2009 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS
Hyundai Gas Lock Delivers $1.49 Gas For New Buyers

In case you've been trapped in a cubicle for the past few months, it's summer again, and that means gas prices are making their march back up toward their peak. While fears of $4 per gallon gas aren't prominent - yet - Hyundai is pre-empting the rise with a promise of $1.49 gas for a full year, or...Read More»

Gas Pumps
Gas Hike: OPEC Not Planning To Boost Oil Production Anytime Soon

Gas prices have crept up over the past few months, and while experts don't expect things to reach last summer's $4+ per gallon unpleasantness, prices will likely go well beyond their current $2.40-ish average. That's partially because of summer, when prices surge thanks to higher demand and more...Read More»

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Frugal Shopper: Want A Fuel-Efficient Deal? Act Now!

Thinking of buying one of the most fuel-efficient cars like the Toyota Prius, the Honda Insight, or even the Ford Focus or Chevy Cobalt XFE this year, but waiting for even lower prices as dealerships become more desperate to move inventory? That’s probably not going to happen. It’s true that...Read More»

2012 Tesla Model S prototype
Link Love From The Car Connection: Bentley Continental Supersports Spotted, Fast & Furious Nissan Stolen, And Seniors Have Their Moments

Played like a cheap ukulele --  Yesterday we highlighted a mysterious (and possibly staged) video featuring a major Tesla investor who was "overheard" gabbing about new money flowing into the start-up--perhaps to quiet concerns about the company's finances and its ability to produce the...Read More»

Journalist Sarah Lacy, via Wired
Link Love From The Car Connection: $2.30 Summertime Gas, Plus Vids Of Maserati GranTurismo MC, Electric Racecars, And Crazy Lady Drivers

He said, she said-- Remember when Tesla's Elon Musk called that New York Times reporter "a douchebag...and an idiot"? Remember the journalist who was interviewing him at the time--how she sort of giggled her way through it? Well, Sarah Lacy's colleagues are calling foul on her. And still no one's...Read More»

VW Polo Hatchback Rendering
VW Polo Sedan, Hatchback Slated For U.S. Production In 2011

Volkswagen has decided that small cars will only rise in prominence as fuel prices inevitably climb again. As such, they've decided to bring the new Polo to the U.S., which will slot beneath the Rabbit in VW's American lineup. However, for U.S. duty, they've made some tweaks to the vehicle that...Read More»

Old Gas Pumps
Diesel Now Less Than Premium As Gas Prices Surge

As most figured they would do, gasoline prices are rising again. Not dramatically, mind you, but enough to push premium gasoline about one cent higher per gallon than diesel on average as of Monday. With a diesel engine's inherently higher efficiency (up to 30 percent more efficient than their...Read More»

Hertz Counter
Rising Rental Rates – And How to Cut Your Costs

And you think you've seen gas prices soar? Try renting a car, these days, as I do, during some of my travels, despite all the press cars I review, while on the road. Rates have been rising fast, I've found, in places ranging from Newark, New Jersey, to Los Angeles, as well as Nashville and other...Read More»

Big Oil
Cheap Gas? For How Long?

My local "drug" dealer, also known as Sonny's Sunoco, as regular readers may recall, likes to play roulette with prices. It's not unusual for me to see the numbers on his display board switch three or four times a day, apparently depending upon how his personal trading is going on the spot market...Read More»

Big Oil
Stop, Start - It’s The Little Things That Could Have a Big Impact

When it comes to fuel economy, the little things matter, sometimes quite a lot, as some of the industry experts I gathered together for a "green car" forum yesterday made clear. The occasion was the public debut of NextCruise, an event for which I am serving as volunteer chairman -...Read More»

Brilliance Auto
Have Chinese Car Sales Hit Their Peak?

Spend even a few days in the boomtowns of Shanghai and Beijing, and it's hard not to get caught up in the enthusiasm that has long dominated the Chinese automotive market. From a decade of personal experience, I have watched China rapidly evolve from a country of bicycles and motor scooters to one...Read More»

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