Tuesday, May 28, 2024

2024 Buick Envista Avenir: The Brand’s Affordable Premium Entry-Level Crossover

 Highlight: The Envista shares a platform with the Chevy Trax.

Test Vehicle's MSRP: $32,030 (Base Model –Preferred): $23,495

Seating Capacity: 5

Standard Safety Features: air bags; ABS; automatic emergency brakes; front pedestrian braking; a forward collision alert system; a lane keep assistance system; a lane departure warning system; automatic high intelligence auto high beam; a tire pressure monitoring system; OnStar; a rear camera; a manual operated tilt/telescopic steering wheel; and a hill start assist system

Friday, May 24, 2024

'Auto Trends' Remembers Lexus First Black Female Car Dealer (1943 - 2024)

Car Dealer Ellenae Fairhurst (Photo Credit: TLMDA)

While It’s been widely reported that women influence over 85 percent of today’s car sales, still, this group only owns less 1,100 out of the approximate 17,000 new-car dealerships in America. When we examine ethnic women, they own approximately 86 stores, according to the National Automobile Dealer Association and the National Association of Minority Automobile Dealers.

And, as far as Black women, they barely register on the radar. This group represents less than a tenth of 1 percent of total new car dealerships.

Ironically, in a traditional African American household, Black women are responsible for 51 percent of last year’s new-vehicle registrations, slightly outpacing Black men.

Thursday, May 23, 2024

2024 Hyundai Tucson Hybrid Limited AWD: The Brand’s Compact Crossover

Highlight:  The Tucson is also available as plug-in model, too.

Test Vehicle's MSRP: $41,010 (Base Blue Model: $ 33,950)

Seating Capacity: 5

Standard Safety Features: airbags; ABS; a stability control system; a rearview camera; forward collision brakes; lane keep assist system; a high beam assist system; a driver assistance warning system; a heated side mirrors with turn signals; blind spot collision avoidance assistance and a tire pressure monitoring system

Friday, May 17, 2024

Experian Automotive Talks to 'Auto Trends' About the State of Car Financing

Melinda Zabritski, who is the head of automotive financial insights for Experian Automotive, talks car payments and more. (Photo Credit: EA)

Over the past two years, the Federal Reserve has raised interest rates have 11 times. 

Melinda Zabrintski, who is the head of automotive financial insights for Experian Automotive, joins Auto Trends with JeffCars.com, the only multicultural syndicated automotive program in North America, to talk about the effect the rates have had on consumers financing and leasing new and used vehicles. 

Experian Automotive is a division of Experian credit, one of the leading credit bureaus in the U.S.

Moreover, Zabrintski touches on where consumers are getting their financing from.

Friday, May 10, 2024

'Auto Trends' Talks To Two Pioneering Black Households Owning Multiple Electric Vehicles (Extended Video Conversation)

Dr. Reggie Tucker-Seely (l) and Dr. India Calhoun Williams (r) households have owned multiple new and used electric vehicles. (Photo Credit:TSICWGD)

For the first time, Auto Trends with JeffCars.com, the only weekly syndicated multicultural automotive program in North America, is talking to two Black pioneering households, who have owned multiple electric vehicles, both new and used.

Dr. Reggie Tucker-Seely and Dr. India Calhoun Williams, who are based in California and Georgia, respectively are considered early adopters in the electric vehicle movement. While only 7 to 8 percent of the U.S. population currently owns electric vehicles, both the Hispanic and Black community are barely a drop on the radar. 

On the other hand, white men and the Asian community are driving electric vehicle sales in the U.S. 

Friday, May 3, 2024

'Auto Trends' Talks With The Black History Maker Steering The Lexus Brand

Dejuan Ross, Lexus U.S. general manager, is posing with the all-new GX. (Photo Credit: Toyota)

When the Lexus brand was birthed by Toyota in 1989, our guest Dejuan Ross, was still in high school. Cadillac, Lincoln, Mercedes-Benz, Jaguar and BMW were the luxury elites at the time.

Like Lexus, Acura and Infiniti were also launching their luxury nameplates. This was an opportunity for Toyota, Honda and Nissan to move their brands upmarket with the hopes of rivaling the American and European legacy makes.

Decades later, Lexus has done just that. In fact, it has pulled ahead of both Acura and Infiniti, whom both currently lag a flagship coupe and sedan in their portfolio.

Thursday, April 25, 2024

Insurance Institute For Highway Safety Releases Latest Frontal Avoidance Crash Results On Compact SUVs/Crossovers (Video)

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) just released its latest frontal avoidance crash results, using the latest safety driving aids available on many of today's the small crossover/SUV segment. For more information on all of IIHS studies, click here


Wednesday, April 24, 2024

2024 Volkswagen Jetta S: The Brand’s Affordable Entry-Level Compact Sedan

Highlight:  This is one of the most affordable vehicles available today for consumers to purchase.

Test Vehicle's MSRP: $22,585 

Seating Capacity: 5

Standard Safety Features: airbags; ABS; AWD; an auto dimming rearview mirror; a lane assist keeping system; a stability control system; a rearview camera; a hill hold control system; a radar activated cruise control system; a forward collision assist system; an active blind spot monitor; and a tire pressure monitoring system

Saturday, April 20, 2024

2024 Lexus RX 450h AWD: The Luxury Brand’s Midsize Crossover Adds A Plug-In

Highlight: When parking on the street, the RX can detect if a vehicle or bicycle is approaching from the rear, preventing the inside occupants from operating the door.

Test Vehicle's MSRP: $76,765 

Seating Capacity: 5

Standard Safety Features: airbags; ABS; back up camera; a stability control system; pre-collision system; rain detection system; a radar activated cruise control system; lane tracing assist system; lane departure with steering assist; intelligent high beam headlamps; a front collision warning system; a road sign assist; an automatic braking system; blind spot electronic monitor with a rear traffic alert system; a daytime cyclist detection system; rain-sensing windshield wipers; side mirrors with integrated turn lamps; and a first aid kit

Thursday, April 18, 2024

'Auto Trends' Talks To Bloomberg Intelligence About New Vehicle Affordability And More

Bloomberg Intelligence Global Director of Automotive Research Kevin Tynan

For car buyers who have been out of the market since the pandemic, they might be somewhat alarmed when price shopping for a vehicle. The question everyone seems to be asking is when will new car prices begin to slide in reverse. This week on Auto Trends with JeffCars.com, Bloomberg Intelligence's Kevin Tynan, who is also known as a senior auto analyst, joins us to recap the first quarter sales, while discussing vehicle affordability. 

After a C-Suite Toyota executive announced in 2023 that the average price of a new vehicle would top $50,000, we'll deliberate about where average transaction prices are currently in 2024, as we examine non luxury, luxury and fully electric vehicle prices, as compared to 2021, when consumer demand outstripped inventory.

2024 Buick Envista Avenir: The Brand’s Affordable Premium Entry-Level Crossover

  Highlight:  The Envista shares a platform with the Chevy Trax . Test Vehicle's MSRP:  $32,030 (Base Model –Preferred):  $23,495 Se...