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Jan/23 - Why there are no more stick-shift Acuras
For the first time in its 30-year history, Acura doesn't offer a manual gearbox. What, or who, is to blame? The shift away from cars and toward crossovers and SUVs for one. AutoPacific's Dave Sullivan also points to reduced consumer demand, which means costly implementation. "Americans would rather hold their phones and drink kale smoothies instead of shift gears."
Jan/22 - Michelin, Pirelli, Nitto Keep Up With Changing Consumer Demands
According to the results of the latest installment of AutoPacific’s annual Replacement Tire Brand Dynamics and Satisfaction Study, Michelin ranks 1st in replacement tire owner satisfaction, followed by Pirelli ranking 2nd. Nitto moved up 3 spots to 3rd place in the rankings this year, while former 3rd ranking Goodyear slipped to 5th.
Jan/19 - 'White space' is Buick's playground
The Buick brand's U.S. lineup has emerged as a place where General Motors can gamble on different body styles and explore untapped market niches. According to AutoPacific's Dave Sullivan, "you could really argue that Buick is a white-space brand." Buick's U.S. portfolio "has become a nice way for GM to get incremental value from their global products," continued Sullivan.
Jan/17 - Ford's GT supercar is bold expansion into performance market
Ford unveiled its all-new GT supercar at the Detroit auto show this year. With doors that swing up like a Lamborghini's, more than 600 hp and a price tag that could hit $300,000, can this work for Ford? AutoPacific's Dave Sullivan says, "Times are good; you're not going to be able to do this kind of expansion in bad times." Plus the benefit of showcasing cutting-edge technologies. "It's all about image and being able to flex your engineering muscle to show what you're capable of doing," continued Sullivan.
Dec/22 - 2016 CTS-V: Cadillac leaves nothing on the table
Cadillac is serious about taking its luxury performance game to a higher level. "How can anyone say government regulation on fuel economy is impeding performance? asked AutoPacific's Dave Sullivan after seeing the car. While the price has yet to be unveiled, the current CTS-V goes for between $71,000 and $75,000.