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China dominates the market with over half of global sales

Next frontier of growth will be battery-electric/fuel-cell hybrids

WASHINGTON, June 14, 2018 - Over 70 million light-duty battery-electric vehicles will be sold in 2032 compared to less than a million sold in 2017, according to a market research report published by Information Trends. The battery-electric vehicle sales in 2032 will be almost half of the overall light-duty vehicles sold that year.

"We are witnessing a seismic shift in the auto market that parallels the mobile phone revolution," said Naqi Jaffery, the lead author of the report. Besides the transition to electrified vehicles, this shift encompasses autonomous driving and connected vehicles.

The report, "Global Market for Battery-Electric Vehicles," says that the primary factor contributing to the phenomenal growth of electric vehicles are government incentives and subsidies. The economies of scale resulting from the swift uptake of these vehicles, however, will lead to considerable declines in costs, making government incentives and subsidies unnecessary.

"While battery-electric vehicles are the short-term beneficiaries of the transition to clean energy, we will eventually see widespread adoption of battery-electric/fuel-cell hybrid vehicles," Jaffery said. These hybrid vehicles will have more than double the range of internal combustion engines, besides offering all the other advantages of electric mobility.

COSTA MESA, Calif., June 14, 2018 -- Despite steadily increasing premiums, auto insurance customers are more satisfied with their carriers than ever. The reason? According to the J.D. Power 2018 U.S. Auto Insurance Study,SM released today, insurers are beginning to get the customer interaction formula right, offering a mix of digital and live interactions that keep customers engaged with their brands across all channels.

"Cost is not the sole indicator of customer satisfaction in the auto insurance industry," said Robert Lajdziak, Insurance Practice Business Consultant at J.D. Power. "Low prices may attract new customers, but it's service that keeps them. The auto insurers that increase customer satisfaction across all facets of the customer experience make price just one part of the overall relationship."

More frequent use of digital interaction channels—particularly for monthly billing—also has played a major role in driving higher levels of satisfaction. "Customer satisfaction is at its highest when customers take care of transactions themselves and save the high-value interactions for live channels," Lajdziak said. "However, the increasing demand and use of digital self-service options is putting pressure on agents to evolve their value proposition to offer more products and services to help customers with complex needs and risks."

Following are some of the key findings of the 2018 study:

WASHINGTON (June 13, 2018) – Consumers are spending $69 more a month to fill-up compared to last summer. According to AAA, gasoline expenses are accounting, on average, for seven percent of an American’s 2018 annual income, a one and half percent increase since summer of 2017. With strong summer consumer gasoline demand expected in the months ahead, AAA says motorists can expect little relief at the pump with the national gas price average ranging between $2.85 – $3.05 through Labor Day.

“Motorists can expect to spend at least $250 more on gas this season, but that won’t stop them from traveling. Summer is synonymous with road trips and vacation and we are not going to see Americans are giving up this pastime this year,” said Jeanette Casselano, AAA spokesperson. “The higher gas prices may just encourage travelers to shorten their driving distance. While others may pinch pennies by eating out less or finding more free family-fun activities while on vacation.”

According to a AAA survey conducted earlier this year, only one in three (33 percent) respondents said they would change travel plans if gas prices hit $3, while nearly half (47 percent) say $3.50 would be the game changer for their summer plans.

As vacationers hit the road, they will find a quarter (25 percent) of all gas stations across the country are selling gas for more than $3/gallon. That is a stark difference from one year ago when only 5 percent of stations touted the $3 or more mark. The chart below compares the percentage of stations per state selling gas for $3.01 or more today versus one year ago.

Don’t Let Your Tank Break Your Bank.

ORLANDO, Fla. (Jun. 7, 2018) – Afternoon downpours could spell disaster for millions of road trippers this summer, thanks to an unlikely suspect – tires. New research from AAA reveals that driving on relatively worn tires at highway speeds in wet conditions can increase average stopping distances by a staggering 43 percent, or an additional 87 feet — more than the length of a semi-trailer truck — when compared to new tires. With nearly 800,000 crashes occurring on wet roads each year, AAA urges drivers to check tread depth, replace tires proactively, and increase following distances significantly during rainy conditions.

“Tires are what keep a car connected to the road,” said John Nielsen, AAA’s managing director of Automotive Engineering and Repair. “Even the most advanced safety systems rely on a tire’s basic ability to maintain traction, and AAA’s testing shows that wear has a significant impact on how quickly a vehicle can come to a stop in wet conditions to avoid a crash.”

In partnership with the Automobile Club of Southern California’s Automotive Research Center, AAA conducted testing to understand performance differences at highway speeds between new all-season tires and those worn to a tread depth of 4/32” on wet pavement. AAA research found that:

Cash For Your Crash Collision Repair | Campus Body Salon Tempe AZ

No one wants to be involved in an accident, but unfortunately, we all know it happens. The whole process of dealing with the situation at the scene, to contacting your insurance company, to choosing a repair facility, etc. can be quite frustrating. Campus Body Salon is not only there to assist you through the entire process and provide you with an excellent customer experience and repair, but will also offer “Cash for your Crash” to their clients.

Cash for your Crash is a program where you, the client, get paid to allow them to repair your vehicle! Campus Body Salon will offer you a 10% discount up to $1000.00 off of the insurance repair estimate. They offer this both to insureds and claimants, so whether or not the accident was your fault... you still get paid!

You can use your discount amount in several ways:

  • Apply it to your deductible if you have one
  • Upgrade to OE parts if your insurance company writes for aftermarket or used parts
  • Repair another area of damage on your car that isn’t related to your claim
  • You can put the cash in your pocket!!

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* Some restrictions apply, so call them at 480-967-4976 with any questions or to schedule your repairs.

MCHENRY, Ill., June 4, 2018 -- The Raybestos® 1953 Chevrolet® pickup build project is complete. The restored classic will now hit the road for a North American tour before one lucky automotive professional wins it for their very own.

"We have restored a lot of very cool vehicles, including the iconic 1969 Raybestos Mustang, but I think this 1953 Chevy pickup might be our best build yet," said Kristin Grons, marketing manager, Brake Parts Inc. "The team at Schwartz Performance led by the master, Jeff Schwartz, really outdid themselves this time and a big thank you to all of our build partners for their participation in another incredible build. I know the lucky winner will enjoy showing off this classic truck as they cruise their neighborhood."

As part of the restoration project, Schwartz Performance installed its famous bolt-in "G-Machine" chassis system as well as an off-the-shelf performance disc brake upgrade package, using Raybestos components and Raybestos Truck & Medium Duty specialty disc brake pads. In addition, over 20 premier suppliers partnered with Raybestos to help restore and modify the pickup.

Summers here are hard on our cars but even harder on our residents and pets.

From June 1st through August 31st, H & I Automotive will be giving their customers a $10 discount if they bring in a case of water!

The water will be donated to two amazing local organizations: House of Refuge and Valley of the Sun Dog Rescue.

House of Refuge is a faith-based, non-profit 501(c)(3) that provides supportive services and transitional housing to homeless families. Click here for more information.

Valley of the Sun Dog Rescue is a no-kill animal shelter and has been a registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization since the year 2000. Click here for more information.

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 30, 2018) –More than 1,050 people were killed in crashes involving a teen driver in 2016 during the 100 Deadliest Days, the period between Memorial Day and Labor Day. That is an average of 10 people per day – a 14 percent increase compared to the rest of the year, according to data analyzed by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. As school lets out for summer, AAA stresses the importance of preparing and educating inexperienced teen drivers for some of the most dangerous driving days of the year.

“The number of fatal crashes involving teen drivers during the summer is an important traffic safety concern and research shows that young drivers are at greater risk and have higher crash rates compared to older and more experienced drivers,” said Dr. David Yang, AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety executive director. “Through education, proper training, and involvement of parents, we can help our young drivers to become better and safer drivers, which in turn keeps the roads safer for everyone.”

Speed and nighttime driving are significant factors contributing towards the number of crashes, and subsequently fatalities, involving teen drivers during the 100 Deadliest Days (statistics based on 2016 NHTSA FARS data as analyzed by the AAA Foundation):

Let's ask The Car Coach, Lauren Fix about some easy hacks to keep your car from getting too hot when it's parked outside in the sun all day.

Toyota TeenDrive365 Video Challenge Selects Winner from 1,300 Submissions in Nationwide PSA Competition

SILVER SPRING, Md., May 22, 2018 -- To educate their peers on the dangers of distracted driving, high school seniors Kirklin "Mack" Hopkins (17) and Kellen Stadler (18) of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools in Charlotte, North Carolina, send a clear message: A single second can have life-long consequences. Their poignant video, titled "It's Not Fine," is the winner of the Toyota TeenDrive365 Video Challenge, a national driver safety public service announcement competition, using the tools of storytelling to get through to young drivers.

More than 1,300 videos were submitted to the competition by students to help inspire safe driving habits and spark a national conversation about staying safe behind the wheel.

"It's Not Fine delivers a direct and powerful narrative that highlights the dangers of distracted driving and the ability of teens to encourage safe driving behavior," said Mike Goss, general manager at Toyota Social Innovation.

The video opens with Sarah riding in the vehicle as her older sister Ellie texts and drives. Sarah says, "Mom said not to." Ellie says, "It's fine. I do it all the time. It's only for a second." The video cuts to years later, with Sarah now old enough to drive and behind the wheel. Believing "it's fine" to text and drive, Sarah follows her sister's example, with devastating consequences.

"The driver-safety video by Mack and Kellen is professional, resolute and a great example of how teens can influence their peers and others," said Dr. Tracey Harrill, principal at Providence High School. "We are very proud of their work to communicate that 'it's not fine' to text and drive."

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