AutoComplete: Volkswagen prepares to take over North AmericaPlus: Cars are getting older and older, and somehow, 10 percent of us still aren't wearing seat belts.
Here's what's making news on Road Show. Volkswagen is preparing to conquer North America with an onslaught of electric vehicles and SUV's. After badly mis-judging our market taste and promoting what have turned out to be illegal diesels, the company is poised to double-down on North America. It's hoping to turn the tide by building EVs here in 2021 and by introducing a whole new crop of battery-powered cars and SUVs, the latter of which is driving today's market. The average age of cars on US roads is now 11.6 years old, according to new research from IHS Markit. That's up over last year, a development IHS attributes to a mixture of new car quality and increased length of ownership. With longer term financing on the rise and with some older buyers wary of the tech being shaved into new cars, this trend is unlikely to change. According to a new study from the national highway traffic safety administration some 90.1% of drivers are now using their seatbelts during daylight hours. That's up from 88.5% last year. Apparently, rural and SUV drivers made the biggest gains in buckling up over the past year. Our only question is, what's the remaining 10% doing? In this day and age, who skips wearing a seat belt? Find more on these stories over the roadshow.com, and we'll talk to you tomorrow.