The Detroit Free Press recently named the 2013 Ram 1500 as the Truck of the Year, as the vehicle totes fuel efficiency without sacrificing performance.
"The new Ram 1500 takes a massive step forward in technology and fuel economy, representing the direction the Ram Truck Brand is heading with all its models," said Fred Diaz, president and CEO Ram Truck Brand and Chrysler de Mexico, Chrysler Group LLC. "We are honored to have an endorsement from the Detroit Free Press and Mark Phelan. This award will be well-received by our dealers and customers, reiterating the fact that Ram has the best truck on the market."
The 1500 offers best in class 25 miles to the gallon fuel efficiency, as well as new features and technology. A buyer can choose between the 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 engine or the award-winning Pentastar V-6, along with segment leading features including stop-start system, eight-speed automatic transmission, thermal management system, pulse-width modulation and active aerodynamics, which include grille shutters and active air suspension.
Those planning on putting their new Rams to the test in 2013 should consider HuskyLiners® mud guards to keep their trucks looking clean as the day they were pulled off the lot.
This is not the first time the 2013 Ram 1500 received the distinction as the top in its segment. Motor Trend announced earlier this month that the 1500 was the 2013 Truck of the Year.
"The new Ram 1500 makes a powerful statement about our company and the Ram Truck Brand," said Diaz. "Motor Trend's Truck of the Year is an amazing honor; truly one of the most prestigious awards an automaker can achieve. It reaffirms the fact that Ram has the best truck on the road today. Bar none."
With Ram expecting strong sales in the coming year for the 1500, Ford announced that it is on track to reach 2 million vehicle sales in 2012. While sales were led by the Ford Focus, the automaker was pleased to announce that its F-Series vehicles were the fourth best selling nameplate, due to the success of the truck's fuel efficient engines.
Jim Farley, Ford's executive vice president, global marketing, sales and service said the automaker's wide range of EcoBoost engines including the 1.0-liter in small cars to the fuel efficient 3.5 liter in the capable F-series pickup are what helped drive sales in 2012.
AAA recently issued a report urging motorists to be extra careful while driving on New Year's Day as it ranks as the most deadly day for alcohol-related fatalities. In addition, AAA announced its support for ignition interlock devices for convicted drunk drivers, while offering safety advice for holiday party goers.
Robert Darblenet, .AAA president and CEO, said AAA is not alone in its concern about impaired driving.
"I commend AAA for stepping up for safety," said NTSB Chairman Deborah Hersman . "Technologies, such as ignition interlocks, will reduce alcohol-related crashes on our nation's roadways. We look forward to working alongside AAA and its clubs to eliminate the nation's top killer on our roadways – impaired driving."
Any potential car owners placing safety as the top factor on their list should consider a Subaru as the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety recently named all the automaker's models as Top Safety Picks. New car owners also might want to equip their newly purchased vehicles with HuskyLiners® vehicle floor mats, to keep their car's interior looking as clean as the day it pulled of the lot.
The IIHS gave the new Top Safety Pick+ award to the Subaru Legacy and Outback.
Hyundai recently announced that the Elantra has once again broken its all-time sales record, surpassing 186,361 units sold throughout 2012 with still one week remaining in the year. The automaker hopes that the car will join the Sonata as the second model to break 200,000 units sold in a year.
"Adding the third shift to our plant in Alabama this year has allowed us to better meet demand for Elantra," said John Krafcik , president and CEO, Hyundai Motor America. "Elantra buyers love its recipe of ALG-class-leading residual value, bold design, and outstanding value. With a full year of three-shift U.S. production in 2013 we hope to introduce even more American car buyers to Elantra next year."
Any new car owners should keep the exterior of their cars looking clean with HuskyLiners® car floor mats.
Earlier this month, the Elantra was recognized at the 16th annual Strategic Vision Total Value Awards. The car took first place in the small car category, while the Equus and Sonata earned first place in the luxury and medium car segment, respectively. By winning its category, the Equus beat out luxury automakers BMW and Mercedes-Benz.
The Equus also won Best Model overall and Hyundai came in second in total value.
Nissan recently announced that it has sold 4 million Altimas after 20 years of manufacturing the vehicle.
It's no wonder Nissan marks this milestone in 2012, as the automaker sold 284,762 units of the car this year, breaking the Altima's 2007 all-time sales record. Nissan was proud to add that 25 percent of 2013 Altima buyers traded in a Toyota or Honda.
With pent-up demand continuing in the automotive industry, Nissan is expecting Altima sales to continue to be strong in the coming year. Those who purchased one of these 4 million vehicles should consider extending the life and resale value of the car by installing HuskyLiners® custom fit floor mats. These mats will fit into any car and keep stains on the liner and off a car's carpet.
Subaru also announced its own milestone recently, which places the automaker among the top in terms of safety. For the fourth year in a row, all Subaru models have been named Top Safety Picks by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
"For four consecutive years, Subaru is the only automotive manufacturer with the distinction of earning IIHS Top Safety Pick awards for every model it builds," said Adrian Lund, president of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. "Subaru deserves praise for making safety a top priority."
TrueCar.com predicts December to see strong sales numbers, as has been the trend all year long.
In its December 2012 sales and incentives forecast, the automotive website said it expects light vehicle sales to reach 1,370,568 units, a 10.3 percent year-over-year and a 19.9 percent month-over increase.
If their projections are correct, the sales would translate to a seasonally adjusted annualized rate of 15.6 million units, up from 13.6 million from December 2011 and up from 15.5 million in November 2012.
"December continues the trend of exceptional sales due to strong manufacturer incentives, specifically lease and finance deals, and the demand due to Hurricane Sandy in the Northeast," said Jesse Toprak, senior analyst for TrueCar.com. "Even with the fiscal cliff still needing to be resolved, automakers can expect a strong year for new car sales in 2013."
A separate report by J.D. Power and Associates' Power Information Network and LMC Automotive expects that luxury cars will account for 16 percent of all vehicles sold in December, up from 15.3 percent in November and 14.8 percent from December 2011. John Humphrey, senior vice president of global automotive operations at J.D. Power and Associate, said luxury models usually do well in December as incentives are usually high and new and redesigned vehicles are introduced. Any potential or current car owners are encouraged to keep their interiors clean with HuskyLiners® custom fit floor mats, which will keep messes on a liner and off a car's carpet.
Potential car buyers looking to squeeze an auto purchase in by year's end may have a good chance of landing 0 percent financing and lease deals on 2012 models. Alec Gutierrez, senior market analyst of automotive insights for Kelley Blue Book, attributes the low financing opportunities to dealers looking to make way for new cars on their lots. However, certain 2013 truck models, like the Ford F-Series, Chevrolet Tahoe, Ram 1500 and Chevrolet Silverado are currently available with thousands of dollars in rebates, primarily due to high supply.
"Consumers looking for a deal who are not interested in a truck should focus their attention on the remaining model-year 2012 inventory available for sale," Gutierrez said. "Approximately 70 percent of all new vehicles available for sale today are 2013 models, and Kelley Blue Book expects the remaining 2012 vehicles to go quickly."
Savvy car buyers who've been waiting for the right time to purchase a new vehicle may find now to be the ideal time.
Automakers are feverishly trying to clear out their showroom floors at the end of the year to make way for new 2013 models, and with that they are offering big ol' cash rebates and incentives.
Kelley Blue Book says some of the car sales in December will be due to demand from consumers in the Northeast replacing cars that were destroyed by Hurricane Sandy. However, the bread and butter of the industry's sales will come from Americans who are salivating over the year-end deals, and can't help but get a slice.
Those making car purchases before the worst of winter hits should equip their cars with HuskyLiners® custom fit floor mats to keep their new car's carpet as clean as the day they drove it out of the dealership lot.
"As has been typical all year, consumers should expect to find zero-percent financing and aggressive lease offers available on most popular models," said Alec Gutierrez, senior market analyst of automotive insights for Kelley Blue Book. "While affordable financing is widely available, sizable cash rebates are offered only for a handful of segments and models. Consumers in the market for a full-size truck or SUV will find the most generous cash rebates, while compact or mid-size shoppers will want to check out any remaining model-year 2012 inventory for potential end-of-year savings."
KBB said great deals are being offered on the 2013 Chevrolet Silverado, Chevrolet Tahoe, Ram 1500 and Ford F-Series trucks, but those looking for the best deals can find them on smaller, 2012 model-year cars.
"An average buyer seeking a new car can expect to pay 93 percent of manufacturer's suggested retail price for a 2012 model year and only slightly more than that for a 2013," Gutierrez said.
Not to say there aren't good deals on vehicles that are highly regarded in safety, but if that is the sole factor when considering a car purchase, then look no further. A dozen Chrysler cars have just been named Top Safety Picks by the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety.
The Insurance Institute for Highways Safety recently named a number of Top Safety Picks in the automotive industry and gave certain automobiles TSP+ awards based on stringent safety criteria.
The 2013 Ford Fusion was among the vehicles to be evaluated on the new safety distinction. The IIHS the new vehicle through a variety of collision tests, frontal crash, small overlap frontal crash, side impact and rollover. The organization even evaluated the car's restraints for protection against injuries in event of rear impacts. The car received a rating of good, acceptable, marginal or poor based on its performance in the five ratings. The Fusion received the coveted TSP+ award because it received at least a good rating in four out of five of the tests.
"Ford is thrilled to earn this new, highest safety distinction from IIHS," said Steve Kenner, global director of the Automotive Safety Office. "The Fusion is a leading example of exemplary vehicles being designed and produced by Ford to the highest standards of safety."
Along with the Fusion, the Subaru Forester and Outback also earned the TSP+ award. Subaru's 2013 Subaru Impreza, XV Crosstrek, Legacy, BRZ, and Tribeca were also all named Top Safety Picks by the IIHS. To be eligible for this award, vehicles must rank among the best in the industry, receiving a good rating in each moderate overlap front, side, rear and rollover crashes. Those looking to receive to keep their safe cars clean should equip their interior with Husky Liners® cargo floor mats.
Auto sales up in December
The automotive industry has seen positive sales numbers all year and December was no different. According to a recent report by J.D. Power and Associates and LMC Automotive, light vehicle retail sales are expected to come in at a seasonally adjusted annualized rate of 12.2 million units, with December's sales total to hit more than 1.15 million by month's end. Luxury car sales are expected to account for 16 percent of all those vehicles.
"Luxury sales always do well this time of the year, but December is turning out to be a great month," said John Humphrey , senior vice president of global automotive operations at J.D. Power and Associates. "New and re-designed vehicle introductions, along with enhanced incentive activity, have been key drivers of the recovery in the luxury market."
One lucky X Games fan will be given a chance to take home the all-new 2013 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 10th Anniversary Edition.
Jeep recently launched its X Games Avalanche Scramble sweepstakes, giving three contestants a trip to the X Games Aspen 2013 and a chance to win the new Rubicon.
"The 2013 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 10th Anniversary Edition was designed as a tribute to the Jeep brand's most passionate enthusiasts and X Games Aspen 2013 is the perfect event for our Jeep fans to take home one of their very own," said Mike Manley , president and CEO – Jeep Brand, Chrysler Group LLC. "The passion and high-level capability that the athletes' exhibit during the X Games Aspen exemplifies what the Jeep brand is all about."
While at the X Games on January 25th, each contestant will be given a Rubicon key and will be asked to try and start the car. The contestant with the key that starts the vehicle will be its owner.
The 10th Anniversary Edition Jeep Wrangler Rubicon debuted at the L.A. Auto Show in November.
“The [[Rubicon]] is a unique vehicle that we expect will long be sought after, a Wrangler that offers an unprecedented level of capability once only attainable by long hours of custom aftermarket preparation crafted in the garages of the most avid Jeep enthusiasts in the world," Manley said.
The new Wrangler features a red leather interior and a wide range of standard off-road equipment being offered for the first time on any of the automaker's models.
The Jeep is top of the line when it comes to off-road capabilities, as it is raised up an inch and a half to make room for the BF Goodrich KM2 265/70R17 tires mounted on 17-inch aluminum wheels. Those planning on using the Rubicon to its full potential should also add HuskyLiners® mud guards to keep it looking clean while wheeling through the mud.
Additional features include black, steel, winch-ready bumpers with removable end caps, a dual-intake Power Dome hood, tow hooks on the front and rear, and Mopar rock rails to protect from off-road damage.
More Americans are skipping out on gas-guzzling SUV's and buying up compact cars.
Alternative fuel vehicles were the fastest growing U.S. car segment in 2012, according to research research by Mintel. The report showed alternative fuel vehicles sales, including hybrid, plug-in hybrid and electric vehicles, reaching nearly 440,000 units this year, up 73 percent from the same period of time last year.
Those looking to provide a little extra protection to their car's interior should look into Husky Liners® custom fit floor mats.
"The 'live for today' mentality that prompted the rise of SUVs has disappeared," said Colin Bird, automotive analyst at Mintel. "Consumers today demand products that promise protection and durability. There is a new mentality that emphasizes preparing for and protecting against potential future disasters such as another oil shock or even just steadily rising prices at the pump."
Bird added that with the release of models like the Toyota Prius and Chevrolet Malibu Eco hav allowed consumers not to sacrifice on lifestyle. As new 2013 models like the Ford Fusion Hybrid and Honda Accord Hybrid come out, the market is poised to grow even further next year.
Many of these fuel efficient cars have been making the news all year for their outstanding qualities. Just recently Cars.com put the Toyota Prius on is Best of 2013 Award list, placing it as one of top cars for the upcoming year.
Driving in winter weather conditions is more dangerous and motorists need to be sure they are prepared for the upcoming snow. According to the Federal Highway Administration, nearly 25 percent of weather-related car accidents occurred on slushy, snowy or icy pavement, leading to 116,800 injuries and 1,300 deaths each year.
With the winter weather on the horizon, AAA is encouraging drivers to remember specific winter driving techniques to keep them safe in the adverse weather conditions. Owners also might want to equip their car's interior with Husky Liners® car floor mats to keep them looking clean in the harsh conditions.
First, AAA says to make sure a car is winterized and ready for the ice and snow. It is important to have all fluids topped off before the winter, so a motorist is less likely to get stranded in the cold. It is also important to have tires inspected to make sure the proper tread depth is in place, ensuring a car won't go sliding off the road.
AAA also encourages Americans to drive distraction free, especially in the winter. According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, looking away from the road for just two seconds doubles the risk of being in a crash.
It is also important drivers do not use their cruise control and avoid tailgating other cars. Cruise control should be avoided, as stopping distances are longer on wet and icy roads. If a driver is not using cruise control, once they take their foot off the accelerator, the car has already begun to slow down.
When deciding between braking and steering to avoid a crash, AAA says that if the car is traveling at more than 25 miles per hour it is best to steer, rather than brake, to avoid a collision in winter conditions. Stopping distance is longer in these conditions and it usually takes less distance to steer than to brake to a stop.
If a driver does find themselves in a skid, they can maintain control by continuing to steer in the direction the car needs to go and to not slam on the brakes as this will make the vehicle harder to control.
Motorists are also encouraged to take extra precautions in safeguarding their cars during the holidays. According to the National Insurance Crime Bureau, for the 11 holidays reviewed in 2011, 20,800 vehicles were reported stolen compared to 22,991 stolen cars a year before. While the numbers are increasing, auto owners are encouraged to not let their guards down since it's a holiday season, as thieves do not take the holidays off.
A truly one of a kind truck is being auctioned next month with proceeds going to the Fisher House Foundation.
George W. Bush's Ford F-150 King Ranch 4x4 SuperCrew is up for grabs at Barrett Jackson in January. America's 43rd president says he barely touched public streets with the truck as he bought it in 2009 to drive dignitaries and his family around his Crawford, Texas, ranch. The lucky new owner would benefit from putting Husky Liners® vehicle floor mats, if the truck doesn't already have them.
"I haven't driven on a street in many, many years, but I have been able to drive this truck on my ranch," President Bush said . "I want to thank all those who are supporting the Fisher House. In supporting the Fisher House, you're supporting our veterans."
The Fisher House Foundation builds comfort homes on the Department of Veteran Affairs medical center grounds and in major military areas, and has contributed millions of dollars to help children's education, the art and medical assistance to veterans families. Bush added that when you support our troops you help America.
"The Fisher House Foundation is an outstanding organization, and we are honored to support their efforts and are thankful to former President Bush for his donation," said Craig Jackson, chairman and CEO of Barrett-Jackson. "Charitable giving is a part of Barrett-Jackson's culture and philosophy and I can't wait to see what happens once this truck crosses the auction block."
The president has put his autograph on the instrument panel of the truck and the recipient will also receive a video of Bush signing and driving the truck around his Texas ranch.
Cars.com also recently named Best of 2013 Award winning vehicles, and although they won't have George Bush's name written in them, they are what expert editors believe are the top vehicles of the upcoming year. Judges reviewed 70 new and redesigned 2013 vehicles and determined the best investments.
The list includes the BMW 3 Series, Honda Accord, Honda CR-V, Ram 1500, Scion FR-S/Subaru BRZ and Toyota Prius.
Patrick Olsen, Cars.com's editor-in-chief said there's no shortage of great cars this upcoming year but the seven on the list were given the Cars.com seal of approval for what are considered the best representation of a variety of segments, buyers and lifestyles.
Kelley Blue Book, the leading provider of new and used car information, recently announced the winners of its 2013 Best Resale Value Awards featuring the 10 best deals on currently available cars.
Automotive experts at KBB considered which vehicles they believed would hold their value the best, while at the same time taking into account current incentives being offered on the vehicles.
Alec Gutierrez, senior market analyst of automotive insights for Kelley Blue Book, said that many auto owners are not aware that depreciation, or a car's loss of value over time, is usually their primary expense when owning a car. That is why KBB decided to release the list, considering how important resale value is when choosing which new car to buy.
"With great deals offered on many vehicles at the end of the year, new-car shoppers can take advantage by checking out some of the lucrative offers available right now on class-leading popular models that Kelley Blue Book projects will hold their value best over time," Gutierrez added.
Cars featured on KBB's Best Car Deals of the Month include the 2013 Honda Accord LX Sedan, Toyota Tacoma Double Cab PreRunner, Chevrolet Volt, Jeep Wrangler Sport 2-door and Lexus GS 350. Potential and current car owners are encouraged to preserve their car's resale value by installing Husky Liners® car floor mats.
Prior to releasing their latest list, KBB named the top brands with the best resale value. Experts named Toyota's lineup of 2013 model-year cars as the Best Resale Value: Brand as they are expected to retain the largest amount of its original value after the initial five years of ownership. KBB also named Lexus the Best Resale Value: Luxury Brand. Both Toyota and Lexus have won these awards for three of the last four years.
"After the past two tumultuous years, Toyota bounced back in 2012 to prove it hadn't lost its competitive spirit," said Eric Ibara, director of residual consulting for Kelley Blue Book. "Enduring some of its darkest days in the U.S. market after unintended acceleration issues caused a massive worldwide recall of Toyota models, the brand managed to retain residual value levels consistent with its historical averages. If the recall wasn't enough, the 2011 tsunami in Japan resulted in severe disruptions in supply."
Ibara added that Toyota was able to bounce back and was named the Best Resale Value: Brand for the second consecutive year.
Kelley Blue Book, the leading provider of new and used car information, has named the 2013 Ford Fusion as the year's Best Redesigned Vehicle. Experts compared it with 20 other 2013 redesigns, and the cream that is the Fusion rose above the competition.
"More than a handful of vehicles made the short list of finalists for this year, but ultimately the 2013 Ford Fusion was named KBB.com's 2013 Best Redesigned Vehicle with impressive gains in design, technology and fuel economy," said Jack Nerad, executive editorial director and executive market analyst for Kelley Blue Book. "Outside, the new Fusion is clearly the hottest-looking car in a class with no fewer than 13 other entrants. The interior is just as striking, and a variety of technological enhancements and choice of five powertrains is just icing on the cake."
When considering the best redesigns, KBB editors took into account exterior and interior styling, technology, comfort and convenience features, performance/capability, driving dynamics, safety, fuel economy, overall refinement and value. Any auto owner's looking to soup up their current redesigns should equip their cars with Husky Liners® car floor mats.
According to KBB, to be considered a Best Redesigned Vehicle, a car has to have received the best complete make over, demonstrating improvement and superiority when compared to its predecessors and competitors. KBB's list of top 2013 redesigns also included the Chevrolet Malibu, Ford Escape, Honda Accord, Land Rover Range Rover, Lexus ES, Mercedes-Benz GL, Nissan Pathfinder, Porsche Boxster, RAM 1500, Toyota Avalon and many more.
As for 2012 redesigns, just last month, Cars.com named the Honda CR-V and Toyota Camry as the best redesigns of this year, after comparing them with 61 other cars. The website factored the success the cars had with sales throughout the year to determine the top redesigns.
Kelsey Mays, industry analyst at Cars.com, said the Camry and CR-V drew huge appeal from car shoppers, giving them an edge against the other redesigns. Auto manufactures can spend nearly $1 billion on redesigned car, so successful reception by shoppers is critical.
"Automakers count on redesigns to boost sales," Mays added. "Though they are costly, the payoff tends to be significant, however not all are as successful as the Camry and CR-V. We took a look at an array of 2012 redesigns to determine which followed the pattern of outselling their predecessors and which fell short."
A recent Trip Advisor survey indicated that 45 percent of Americans are planning to travel during the December holidays, up from 42 percent last year. Driving was the No. 1 mode of transportation during the month, with 48 percent of the survey's travelers saying that's the way they were getting to and from their destinations.
Before their trips, motorists should equip their cars with Husky Liners® vehicle floor mats to protect their cars' carpet from the harsh weather conditions and extra abuse during the holiday travel season.
The Bridgestone Winter Driving School issued a report recently on how to be extra careful as many Americans are hitting the road for the December holiday travel season.
The school issued tips encouraging drivers to scan the road ahead of them to avoid the hazards poor weather can throw at them, not rely heavily on technology and follow their 1-2-3 rule.
Mark Cox, the school's director said if a driver is reacting to the road conditions they are already making a mistake. Cox said the best reaction, in nearly every instance, is to slow down. He added that stopping distances can be increased by four to 10 times on icy or snowy roads. By scanning the road ahead, a driver is able to anticipate and slow down gradually, remaining under control.
The school warned drivers not rely too much on technology, like all-wheel drive and traction/stability control, while on the road.
“All-wheel drive helps you go but it does nothing to improve the braking ability of the vehicle on a slick surface," Cox added. "Unfortunately, too many drivers feel invincible once they experience that all-wheel-drive traction pulling them away from a stop and think that translates to everything the car is doing.”
The school's 1-2-3 rule applies to the many cars with front wheel drive. Cars with front wheel drive do most of the braking, steering and accelerating on two wheels, meaning that when roads are slick, a driver will want to utilize all the front-wheel traction for one task at a time. Cox said when you need to make a turn, count to three.
"First, brake to an appropriate speed," he added." Then release the brakes and steer through the turn. And finally, accelerate only after you have completed the turn.”
Now is the time to buy a truck for any of you in the market. Why?
Well good question. Let's simplify it. Say you show up at your local bagel shop. Yesterday, they just made hundreds of bagels, and nobody came into the store. Now, swimming in bagels and still making fresh ones, the bagel shop is offering yesterday's bagels, which really are just as good as today's bagels, for a much lower price.
December is the month to buy a truck for a similar reason because incentives are at their highest point, primarily because, like the bagel shop, supply has run up on trucks. Automakers are trying to encourage consumers to take trucks, like yesterday's bagels, off their hands at lower price, while they still pump out new models.
General Motors has an oversupply of Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierras, although they don't taste as good as a poppy seed bagel, they do offer better savings than last night's bagels. TrueCar.com believes that incentives for GM pickups have risen as high as $5,000 in December per truck, up from the less than $4,000 in incentives being offered on the Silverado last month.
According to GM officials, the automaker had a slow month for pickups in November because the $4,000 Silverado incentive, which is high with all things considered, was not enough compared to the their competitors. It appears more company's than one were trying to dump 2012 model trucks to make way for the new 2013 models.
“What we saw in the marketplace in November, we felt they were extreme and the data bears that out,” Alan Batey, GM vice president of U.S. sales, told Bloomberg on December 3. “We came off of a very, very stronger October, and we expect we’ll pick it up again in December. So, this is a one-month adjustment and nothing is going to change on a longer-term basis.”
Potential buyers looking to save money on a 2012 truck should buy now. Those wanting a cheap bagel, who knows, that was just a story. However, those looking to keep their interiors as fresh as a new bagel should install Husky Liners® vehicle floor mats.
December last year saw similar truck incentives as this is common at this time of year. Jessica Caldwell, an industry analyst at Edmunds.com, said that GM's Silverado incentive this time last year was $4,500, in line with this year. So take advantage of the deals while you can.
TrueCar.com recently announced that November auto sales came in at a seasonally adjusted annualized rate of 15.54 million units, up 15 percent from November last year.
"November was one of the strongest months in over four years and we project that December could end up being a bigger month," said Jesse Toprak, senior analyst for TrueCar.com. "Combination of great products and attractive finance/lease promotions in addition to a boost from replacement demand created by Sandy will ensure a solid finish to the best year in car sales since 2007."
TrueCar anticipates that nearly 30,000 of those November sales were due to Hurricane Sandy's impact on the automotive industry, however, it was the attractive financing options that drove customers to auto dealers.
Those in the market for a car should know that it doesn't get any better than the Fusion, Boxster and Model S. They should also know that when protecting their interior, it doesn't get any better than Husky Liners® cargo floor mats.
High Gear Media recently named the Ford Fusion, Porsche Boxster and the Tesla Model S as the Best Cars to Buy 2013. Editors based in three High Gear Media sites, including The Car Connection, Motor Authority and Green Car Reports locations judged various vehicles and came up with the winners.
The Ford Fusion was named Best Car to Buy 2013 at The Car Connection destination, winning the honor over 17 competitors.
"The Ford Fusion earned the highest rating from editors this year, topping other brand-new vehicles such as the Honda Accord,Cadillac ATS, Cadillac XTS, and Audi Allroad," said Bengt Halvorson, deputy editor for The Car Connection. "With either of the EcoBoost engines, it feels like a premium sedan, at an affordable price."
Marty Padgett, editorial director of High Gear Media, added that the 2013 Fusion has good looks and handling, while not cheating on room or safety in order to get them.
The Motor Authority site named the 2013 Porsche Boxster as the Best Performance/Luxury Car to Buy 2013 primarily because of the car's styling, features, acceleration and handling.
Finally, the Green Car Reports location named the 2013 Tesla Model S as its Best Green Car to Buy 2013 because of new technologies, practicality and the car's impact on the environment.
After a 40 year partnership, Cummins has built its 2 millionth Ram Diesel for Chrysler.
The Cummins Ram has the same 350 horsepower, 6.7 liter, in-line 6-cylinder turbo diesel engine, the only difference is that the it features a "Cummins Red" rocker cover and breather. The 2 millionth Ram, however, will not hit the streets for sale, it will go on display, touring the United States.
"The Ram Truck-Cummins diesel partnership is one of the industry's most enduring and certainly fitting of such a tribute," said Fred Diaz, president and CEO – Ram Truck Brand and Chrysler de Mexico. "Both companies have benefited greatly, but Ram diesel customers are the real beneficiaries. Every day they experience the toughness and capability a Cummins-powered Ram can deliver."
The Cummins Ram boasts best-in-class torque and a 10 percent fuel economy increase when compared to non-diesel Rams, smart exhaust brakes for a smoother ride and best-in-class 15,000 mile oil change interval. Truck owners are encouraged to outfit their vehicles with Husky Liners® cargo floor mats to protect a car's interior no matter how rugged the job.
This was not the only recent announcement about Ram trucks either. Motor Trend Magazine recently named the 2013 Ram 1500 the Truck of the Year based on its air suspension, choice of engines, variety of trim levels and towing capability.
Hyundai cleaned up at the 16th annual Strategic Vision Total Value Awards, as certain models received top honors. The Elantra, Sonata and Equus all came in first place in their respective categories.
The Elantra sedan won first in the small car category, while the Sonata and Equus took first place spots in the medium cars and luxury segment, respectively. The Equus was a significant win, considering it took the top spot from both BMW and Mercedes and it was also given the award for Best Model.
"Hyundai has increased its Innovation Factor Score by 20 points since 2008," said Alexander Edwards, president, Strategic Vision. "Today, Hyundai's like Elantra, Sonata, and Equus have some of the highest Total Value scores in the entire automotive industry."
Hyundai ranked second in Total Value out of all the automakers judged. There were more than 350 new cars that competed for awards and Hyundai received recognition for its efforts toward innovative designs and new technology offerings.
"Our 2013 lineup showcases Hyundai's philosophy behind building cars," said Mike O'Brien, vice president, Product and Corporate Planning, Hyundai Motor America. "We provide our customers with engaging, efficient vehicles packed with fun and functional technologies. We've bred this philosophy into our entire range of cars, and receiving awards in three different categories reflects our hard work and commitment to customer satisfaction and value."
Strategic Vision, a research-based consultancy company, has experience in understanding consumer decision-making processes for a number of Fortune 100 companies for the last 35 years. Scores were based by considering customer assessment of initial value and their evaluation of the complete ownership experience. Initial value was judged on total price paid by the consumer, manufacturer warranty coverage, expected trade-in value, expected affordability, expected durability and expected operating costs.
Car owners looking to keep their interiors looking the same from the initial turn of the key at the dealership and throughout the entire ownership experience should consider Husky Liners® vehicle floor mats.
Hyundai also recently reported record sales of 53,487 new vehicles during November, accounting for an increase of 7.8 percent compared to a year ago. The sales charge was led by the Sonata, selling 17,660 units, while the Elantra's November sales accounted for an increase of 28.3 percent on a year-over-year comparison.
Motor Trend recently named the 2013 Ram 1500 as the magazine's 2013 Truck of the Year.
The all-new 2013 Ram 1500 received the recognition based on its air suspension, choice of engines, variety of trim levels and towing capability. This bodes particularly well for Ram because they anticipate truck demand to increase. Any current or potential truck owners should try out Husky Liners® custom fit floor mats for their trucks. Once you try them you'll never go back.
"We had a small but solid field of contenders for Motor Trend's Truck of the Year," said Edward Loh, editor-in-chief of Motor Trend. "But in the end, the choice was clear: Ram 1500 not only withstood our rigorous testing, it impressed at every step along the way. Our judges were won over by the performance of Ram 1500's broad array of standard and optional equipment. It's a truck that can be tailored to meet most anyone's needs. For these reasons and more, we're excited to name the Ram 1500 the Motor Trend 2013 Truck of the Year."
The criteria for Motor Trend Truck of the Year was based on design advancement, engineering excellence, efficiency, safety, value and performance of intended function.
Ram recently created a new commercial division that teams up with BusinessLink dealers to focus on development, sales and support of the growing truck market.
"Ram Truck is committed to delivering the best value proposition with low total cost of ownership across the entire product line up," said Fred Diaz, president and CEO of Ram Truck Brand and Chrysler de Mexico - Chrysler Group. "From the Ram 5500 Chassis Cab to the Ram C/V, we're providing best-in-class capability and technology. We've not only taken steps to expand and improve our product offerings but created and built upon customer service solutions, following through with BusinessLink and On the Job programs for customers who use their truck as a critical tool for business."
The Ram is sure to be the top seller with truck demand up and considering it has the title of best-in-class fuel economy of 25 miles per gallon for the half-ton segment with a number of exclusive technologies, a new V-6 engine, eight-speed transmission, stop-start system, in addition to the accolades that won it Truck of the Year.
A recent report by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration showed their is no better way to reduce the cost of making a vehicle than to implement advanced high strength steels, even in place of aluminum.
The study showed that lightweighting costs were $0.46 per pound when using advanced high-strength steels in the mid-sized body, chassis and interior vehicle systems, compared to $1.55 per pound using aluminum. The report shows that there is no better alternative to reducing costs in vehicle manufacturing. As for protecting a car's interior and keeping it look as new as the day it pulled off the lot, there's no better alternative to Husky Liners® custom fit floor mats.
"Cost models have traditionally associated a significant cost penalty with alternative materials and this NHTSA report confirms this while demonstrating advanced high-strength steels provide significant mass reduction at the lowest possible cost," said Lawrence Kavanagh, president, Steel Market Development Institute, a business unit of the American Iron and Steel Institute. "This is significant, as automakers have the challenging task of developing affordable vehicles that meet new and tightening regulations."
Not only is the advanced light weight steel cost effective, but George Washington University also verified it had an excellent crash performance in simulated New Car Assessment Program, Frontal, Lateral Moving Deformable Barrier, and Lateral Pole tests, as well as the International Institute for Highway Safety's Roof, and Frontal Offset tests.
"This extraordinary safety performance is due to steel's unique ability to reinvent itself by continually expanding the range of properties and performance available to the auto design engineer," Kavanagh said. "There is no other material that can provide the automotive industry with the complete package necessary to meet CAFE regulations. As a result, steel will remain the preferred material as it enables carmakers to enhance mass reduction, manufacturability and safety at the lowest cost of any material."
Ford might want to change their plans announced earlier this year to replace steel in their popular F-150 truck with aluminum. The automaker said that the truck will be 700 pounds lighter by replacing steel with aluminum, but the cost of the vehicle will increase by $1,500. Although Ford is saying the cost will be made up for at the pump, as the car is more fuel efficient, it would seem the advanced high strength steel could be an even better option.
A recent survey indicated that many Americans are hoping Santa lugs a new car to their doorstep.
According to the recent Auto Alliance opinion poll of 5,000 consumers, 65 percent would like to receive a car as a gift this year, although only 17 percent of people have ever bought a car to give to someone.
"The average age of vehicles on U.S. roads is a historic high of 11 years," said Mitch Bainwol, president and CEO, Auto Alliance. "So we see pent up demand for new vehicles, and when this is coupled with low credit rates, auto sales have been more robust than the general economic recovery. Our consumer polling shows that many Americans have their noses pressed against the front windows of car dealerships, hoping someone thinks they have been good this year."
The survey even included popular phrases to hint that you want a car for Christmas. Of the respondents, 25 percent of people would frequently talk about how old their car is, 17 percent would throw a nudge or some other hint during a car advertisement and 7 percent would leave car advertisements lying around.
In addition, 65 percent of respondents said they would want to pick the car out themselves, while 25 percent said they would want to be surprised.
While many want a car for Christmas, most do not think they will get one, with 51 percent of consumers saying that no one in their life would give them a car. The people most likely to give a car as a gift are spouses, followed by parents, children, boyfriends, girlfriends and friends or your boss.
For those who already have cars, now is the time to prepare them for the winter. The Federal Alliance for Safe Homes is urging motorists to have a well-stocked winter storm survival kit in their cars.
Motorists can also keep their interiors clean in the adverse conditions of winter by equipping their vehicles with Husky Liners® vehicle floor mats.
"While we're all preparing for visitors or planning trips to see friends and loved ones, we can make getting ready for winter weather a part of the preparations," said Leslie Chapman-Henderson, president and CEO of FLASH.
FLASH suggests including non-perishable foods in your car, blankets, a shovel and sand in a survival kit.
Four automakers are jumping for joy after reporting sales numbers from November. Toyota, Honda, Suzuki and Nissan all posted gains during the month, as pent-up demand drove sales.
Toyota's sales reached 161,695 units in November, up 17.2 percent compared to November 2011. Representatives do admit, however, that the numbers are slightly juiced, even though secretly they're still dancing a jig.
"Replacement of vehicles damaged or destroyed by Hurricane Sandy is partially responsible for strong sales," said Bill Fay, Toyota group vice president and general manager. "However, pent up demand, record low finance rates and exciting new products are also driving demand. Approximately 40 percent of the vehicles we sell this year will be all-new or significantly updated models."
Honda officials were skipping down the street arm in arm after the automaker posted its highest sales of all time, selling 116,580 units, up 38.9 percent from November 2011. The Honda brand was up 41 percent from November 2011 and its Acura increased 23.6 percent over the same period of time.
Even Suzuki leaders were singing Katrina and the Waves'- Walking on Sunshine, after reporting sales of 2,224 units in November, up 22 percent when compared to November 2011. The strong sales were primarily due to the availability of 0 percent financing for up to 72 months for customers who qualified.
New car owners can walk on their own sunshine by installing Husky Liners® cargo floor mats, knowing that their car's carpets will stay fresh and clean.
"American Suzuki Motor Corporation is pleased with our strong monthly vehicle sales for November, and we look forward to working with our valued dealers across the country to ensure that remaining U.S. inventory is sold in the coming months," said Freddie Reiss, chief restructuring officer for ASMC, probably in a high pitch singing voice. "Now is a great time for customers to consider Suzuki's attractive financing options and the full commitment to vehicle warranties, parts and continued service in place across our complete range of vehicles."
Nissan also joined the ridiculous sales party after reporting it sold 96,197 total units in November, up 12.9 percent from November 2011. The Nissan brand broke its November sales record, with sales driven by the 20,305 Nissan Altimas sold throughout the month. Arriving fashionably late, Nissan's Infiniti brand posted sales of 6,275 crossovers, a two-fold increase in the amount of crossovers sold in November 2011.
The staple of the Toyota RAV4 - or what could be referred to as the baby Hummer - has been its rear mounted spare tire on a gate that swung open. In the past, Toyota has been notorious for playing it safe when redesigning their cars, but it looks like they threw the playbook out on the new RAV4.
The new 2013 RAV4 was recently unveiled at the L.A. Auto Show and boasts slightly more cargo room and a new six-speed automatic transmission. The V-6 engine is no longer an option, as the car slightly improved is fuel economy getting 31 mpg highway with its four cylinders.
The vehicle's interior has also been updated with a redesigned dashboard, glove box and seating and its exterior now features a sportier look. Those looking to keep the interior as new as the day they bought it should consider Husky Liners® custom fit floor mats.
And finally, the car will no longer feature a monkey.
"The RAV4 almost literally removed a monkey off its back by doing away with the spare tire hanging off its rear," said Edmunds.com analyst Jessica Caldwell. "What's left is a sleeker, modern vehicle that competes much better with rivals in a small SUV segment whose market share has nearly doubled in the last ten years. And since small SUVs are often cross-shopped against midsize sedans, Toyota now has a stronger alternative for hesitant Camry shoppers."
A recent report by the Car Care Council has holiday travelers skipping out on flights and jumping into their cars for the holiday travel season. The primary culprit is high airfare costs that are breaking the bank, and the council even says if Santa didn't have his own private sleigh, he'd be squeezing into a car to deliver his gifts. Luckily reindeer are not as expensive as jet fuel.
"With airfares soaring, more people are realizing that the benefits of driving during the holiday season far outweigh the hassle of airline travel," said Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council. "It is much less expensive to drive; you can control your arrival and departure, and you can fill your sleigh – I mean trunk -- with as many bags as you want without getting charged."
Holiday air travelers are expected to pay 8 percent more for a flight this year compared to last year, while some flights could reach 27 percent higher than last year, according to a USA Today report. In addition, the story said that a family of four can travel for 1,000 miles round trip in a car for the cost of just one plane ticket.
In addition, the council included a list of benefits that driving has over flying including the ease of packing gifts and luggage, convenience of your own schedule, no airport parking, no ticket or security lines and no weather delays. The council also added that driving offers more and better meal options, more comfort and legroom, no cramming next to strangers, ability to bring pets along and a more enjoyable family experience.
Those of you who are dreaming of a white Christmas for holiday travels should install Husky Liners® vehicle floor mats that will protect a car's interior from potentially damaging wet weather.
While driving isn't all sunshine and rainbows, since there is always a risk of a car getting broken into, motorists can take precautions to guard against theft.
"We want to believe the holidays are filled with kindness, peace and joy, but there are people out there haunting parking lots in hopes of taking advantage of the season," said Mark Desrochers, president, personal lines at The Hanover.
The Hanover Insurance Group suggest when parking the car, leave it an a space that is out in the open, not near any obstructions, as this could provide cover for a thief. In addition, holiday drivers are urged to keep valuable items out of sight in a locked trunk.
Recent reports are showing automotive industry sales recovered after Hurricane Sandy struck the East Coast at the end of October.
A recent Kelley Blue Book report indicated that November is expected to come in at a 14.7 million seasonally adjusted annual rate, up from the 14.3 million unit pace posted last month as sales were impacted from the super storm. Experts believe the worst of the impact from Sandy are behind us.
"Kelley Blue Book anticipates buyers that were forced to delay a purchase due to the onset of the storm will continue to return to market during the next several weeks," said Alec Gutierrez, senior market analyst of automotive insights for Kelley Blue Book. "Additional demand will come from residents that unfortunately had a vehicle destroyed. These consumers will likely help make the last weekend of November a strong one for the automakers with demand for replacement vehicles continuing into December."
The sales volume significantly declined in New Jersey as it was one of the states hit hardest by the storm. New Jersey's market accounts for approximately 3-5 percent of all auto sales in the United States. Vehicle sales in New York, which was also hit hard by Sandy, showed a similar pattern. Individuals are encouraged to equip their cars as best they can for adverse weather, especially with winter's worst on the horizon. Husky Liners® vehicle floor mats will keep a car's interior as fresh as possible with the impending bad weather.
Because of overall pent-up demand in the auto industry and many individuals needing cars replaced after their current vehicles were destroyed by Sandy, experts anticipate strong November sales as the result.
"Although the industry can assume that a significant percentage of consumers seeking replacement vehicles will shop used, many automakers are offering residents of FEMA-designated storm-damaged areas additional cash incentives to entice consumers to shop for new cars," Gutierrez added. "Nissan, Mazda, Ford and Chrysler are among the manufacturers offering incentives such as $500 in additional bonus cash, employee pricing or special finance deals to those in the market for a replacement vehicle."
In a separate release, TrueCar, the authority on car pricing information, trends and forecasts, expects the average transaction price for light vehicles in November to come in at $30,832, up $335 on a year-over-year comparison and up $346 on a month-over-month comparison.