ORLANDO, Fla. (April 19, 2016) – The 2015 Tesla Model S 70D was named the AAA Green Car of the Year, the motor club announced today. The Tesla is featured with 80 other green vehicles in the 2016 AAA Green Car Guide, a comprehensive report published annually by the largest member of the AAA federation – the Automobile Club of Southern California and its Automotive Research Center.

AAA’s top three green vehicles, all electrics, were announced today. The BMW i3 and Volkswagen e-Golf SEL Premium rounded out the top three.

“The Tesla Model S 70D has a 240-mile range, room for five, excellent power and steering, and fast charge capability,” said John Nielsen, AAA’s managing director of Automotive Engineering and Repair. “Add sleek styling, great acceleration and an air of sophistication that separates it from other alternative-fueled vehicles and you see why the Model S 70D was our top vehicle this year.”

Bethesda, MD – April 19, 2016 – As a way to celebrate National Car Care Month, the non-profit Car Care Council is encouraging vehicles owners to order a free copy of the council’s popular Car Care Guide. This informative guide offers a wide array of information on the when, why and how of auto care.

“Since the Car Care Guide was first introduced, we have distributed nearly four million guides to savvy motorists who want to drive smart and save money,” said Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council. “With 20 pages of new information, the Car Care Guide is a must have if you own or operate a vehicle. Why not celebrate Car Care Month with a free gift for you and your car from the Car Care Council?”

March 30, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The spring season is synonymous with warmer weather, spring cleaning and…car maintenance. April marks the start of National Car Care Month, and Hankook Tire asked American drivers about their plans and ability to spruce up their vehicles after winter's harsh weather. This includes getting your car in peak condition – the interior, exterior and under the hood.

The Deep Orange 6, "a next-generation Toyota concept vehicle" developed and engineered by students from Clemson University, has been unveiled this week at the SAE International 2016 World Congress and Exhibition in Detroit, MI. By using TeXtreme® carbon fabrics in its door panels, rear hatch, dashboard, and bumpers and cladding, significant weight savings, improved mechanical performance and superior surface smoothness was achieved.

Car designers face many challenges when working on new designs and are always searching for new ways to make future designs faster and stronger, while still achieving better emissions performance. Therefore, composites have never been more relevant to today's automotive industry. Automakers see the advantages of carbon fiber and how it can reduce the weight of conventional vehicles.

ITASCA, Ill., April 12, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A new mobile game aims to answer a question many drivers have today: "My car does what?"

The game, Dashboard Blitz, helps educate players about the beeps, flashing icons and technologies that are common in many of today's cars. Dashboard Blitz players work at a virtual auto expo booth where they answer customers' questions about crash prevention technologies like blind spot monitors and back-up cameras, among others. The game is a part of the MyCarDoesWhat campaign, created by the National Safety Council and the University of Iowa to educate about current and upcoming car safety technologies.

ORLANDO, Fla., April 12, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS®), the leading association for analytics professionals, announced that General Motors, which is using big data and advanced analytics to predict failure of certain automotive components and systems before customers are affected, is the winner of the 2016 INFORMS Prize for operations research and management science.

Industry-first Proactive Alert messages sent to customers through GM's OnStar system covering potential issues with a vehicle's battery, fuel pump or starter, can transform an emergency repair into planned maintenance. It is a recent example of applying operations research and management science to the most complex issues the company faces.

(WASHINGTON, April 11, 2016) The national average price of gas declined on the week for the first time in nearly two months, though the drop was only about one cent. Gas prices have moved higher for 28 of the past 35 days, and motorists are paying 13 cents more per gallon on the month. Today’s average of $2.04 per gallon is the lowest for this day since 2009 and average prices are about 35 cents per gallon cheaper than a year ago.

The national average has spent 19 consecutive days above $2 per gallon, and pump prices are likely to fluctuate as the supply of summer-blend gasoline continues to make its way to terminals nationwide. Refineries are increasing their utilization rates, following the spring maintenance season, and as a result the U.S. EIA reported an increase in domestic gasoline inventories. Just in time for the beginning of the summer driving season, additional supply is also expected to enter the market following the restart of ExxonMobil’s Torrance, Calif. refinery and the gasoline market is poised to be well supplied as we enter the busy summer driving season.  Barring any major disruptions or shortages in supply, the above factors may keep pump prices relatively steady in the coming weeks.

April 8, 2016 - (Tempe, AZ) Tri-City Transmission of Tempe, Arizona, has won the 2016 BBB Torch Awards for Ethics. This annual awards program, sponsored by the Better Business Bureau serving Central, Northern and Western Arizona (BBB), recognizes firms whose business practices and related activities exemplify BBB’s mission and principles to ensure our marketplace remains fair and honorable.

“The transmission industry has historically had a bad reputation, and it’s been my mission for the past nine years to change that reputation. This award is a huge honor and shows we are making strides in improving the reputation of our industry,” says Dave Riccio, owner of Tri-City Transmission.

LONG BEACH, Calif., April 6, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Belal Hamideh, Long Beach Accident Attorney, analyzes the future of accident laws. People have talked about whether cars will ever fly. We may be a long ways away from that happening. However, we have been told that vehicles will be available to drive themselves by the end of the decade. Google has been at the forefront of the self-driving car. Others have followed including Audi and Toyota. Is this a concept or a reality?

The main cause of motor vehicle collisions is human error. This is why car collisions are called accidents. According to the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS), the death rate in motor vehicle collisions involving newer car models has declined from 48 to 28 deaths per million cars. This is because the newer model cars have upgraded safety features such as automatic braking. So how do we further reduce the death rate?

INGLEWOOD, Calif. – Today, the United States (U.S.) Department of Transportation’s (DOT) National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), California Highway Patrol (CHP), the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS), and Impact Teen Drivers (ITD) joined together for the national kickoff of Distracted Driving Awareness Month. In 2014, 3,179 people were killed and an additional 431,000 were injured in collisions involving distracted drivers in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. That same year, inattention collisions resulted in the death of 104 people and the injury of 11,436 others in California

“Behind every distracted driving death is a story of loss. In the blink of an eye, lives can be transformed forever,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. “Scrolling through song lists on a cell phone, or texting while driving is not just irresponsible, it can have tragic consequences. We’re calling on drivers to put down their devices and help keep the roadways safe for all Americans.”