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New Car Transaction Prices Hit Record Average Of $48,043 In June
According to data from Kelley Blue Book, the average cost of a new car in the United States has risen to a record high of above $48,000 for the first time. One of the leading causes of this is the higher prices paid for luxury vehicles. The prices of new EVs are also on the up while segments like full-size cars averages have slightly declined.
2024 Honda Accord: Safer Styling, Powertrains And Everything Else We Know About The Midsize Sedan
The Honda Accord sedan is marching on to its eleventh generation, despite SUVs ruling the automotive market. New exterior features of the 2024 Accord include thinner LED headlamps, a trapezoidal grille, and a full-width LED taillight, as depicted in our independent illustrations. Inside, the cabin will adopt aesthetics from recent Honda models. We predict that the engines will be 2.0-liter inline-4s paired with two electric motors. There could also be 1.5- and 2.0-liter turbocharged options as well.
Porsche To Auction One-Off 911 Special Inspired By Cars’ Sally Carrera In August
Sally Carrera from Cars is celebrating her 20th birthday. To commemorate, Porsche is developing the 2022 911 Sally Special — a one-of-a-kind modern interpretation, which will be sold at RM Sotheby’s Monterey auction on August 20. Inspired by the characters’ compassion, all proceeds will be donated to both Girls Inc. and the UN Refugee Agency. Sketches by Porsche shows that this Sally Special will have a manual gearbox, custom wheels, and Sally’s pinstripe tattoo.
Family Stunned After Learning That Used Electric Ford Focus’ Batteries Cost More Than The Car Itself
A family that paid $11,000 for a used 2014 Ford Focus Electric never imagined that replacing the battery would be more expensive than the car itself. The car in question stopped working after only six months of use, and the Ford dealership informed them that the battery should be replaced. Without installation or labor fees, the battery cost an astounding $14,000. No doubt, this is a wake-up call for EV shoppers to consider battery pack information before purchasing one.
New Details Of The July 11th Brinks Truck Heist Say It Could Be One Of The Richest In History
One of the biggest heists in history – possibly among the top five or six ever recorded – happened early this month when robbers broke into a Brinks security truck carrying millions of dollars in jewelry, watches, and gems. The incident took place within 30 minutes at 2 am on July 11, while the truck’s two guards were away from the vehicle. The International Gem and Jewelry Show’s president, Arnold Duke, said, “there were 15 exhibitors, each with $5 [million] to $10 [million] into goods.”
Chery Spotted Testing Sleek Omoda 5 SUV In Australia
A prototype of the Chery Omoda 5 SUV was caught in spy photos taken in Australia, with the Chinese automaker planning to unveil it in October. Under the camouflage, we can see the car’s crisp LED daytime running lights, main headlamps beneath them, and hexagonal mesh grille. Supposedly, the interior will feature a 10.25-inch screen. So far, we know that it will be available with a 1.5-liter turbo four with 156hp or a 1.6-liter turbo four with 197hp.
What’s The Most Reliable Car Ever?
Although modern cars provide more dependability than many classics, few protagonists from yesteryear are unbeatably reliable. For example, everyone is aware that the Toyota Hilux is one of the most indestructible vehicles thanks to those famous TopGear tests. Our other top recommendations are the incredibly durable Lexus LS400 and the astonishingly well-engineered Citroen 2CV Sahara. Any others you’d add to the list?
What Else Is Making The News
Elon Musk Sue’s Twitter In Counterclaim Under Wraps Regarding The $44 Billion Agreement
Elon Musk has now filed a confidential lawsuit against Twitter, which escalated his legal battle with the social media platform over his attempt to back out of the $44 billion deal. This week, Musk claimed Twitter was slow to respond to his discovery requests after it violated the contract by masking the number of fake accounts using its platform.
Max Verstappen Wins Hectic Hungarian Grand Prix
Max Verstappen of Red Bull won the race at the Hungaroring after starting from 10th on the grid and, arguably, benefiting from Ferrari’s latest strategic blunder. The decision by Ferrari to run Charles Leclerc on the slower hard tires crippled his chances of victory. Lewis Hamilton led the Mercedes duo home in second place, ahead of teammate George Russell in third.