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Clean Diesels May Have Been a Distraction All Along
AutoPacific's Ed Kim, now a contributor to Forbes.com, writes about the future of light duty diesels worldwide. "Perhaps," says Kim, "the diesel scandal and its inevitable – and probably permanent – damage to diesel sales isn’t such a bad thing...the industry can better focus its efforts on more forward thinking powertrain technologies."
Scion's edgy new crossover for the kids
future Scion C-HR and its potential success in a growing subcompact crossover vehicle segment. "This sort of product is consistent with what the Scion brand stands for," said Ed Kim, vice president of industry analysis at AutoPacific. "It's edgy and youthful and so doing a small sporty crossover is a really good fit for a brand that's trying to get itself out of the doldrums and rebuild."
For Lotus Cars, a New Chief and a Return to Its Vaunted Lightness
AutoPacific's George Peterson shares his thoughts on the future of Lotus in the United States. “It will be very difficult for Lotus to re-establish a solid position in the U.S.A. because of their historic stops-starts,” he said.
The Most Wanted New-Car Features
Forbes highlights AutoPacific's recently released feature demand data from the 2015 New Vehicle Satisfaction Study. According to data compiled AutoPacific, 90% of those surveyed rated safety features as being either “very” or “extremely important” with regard to their next new-vehicle purchase, which shows a steady increase from 88% last year and 82% in 2013.
6 ways the VW emissions scandal could cost (or save) you
As new developments in the VW scandal continue to unfold, AutoPacific's Ed Kim shares his thoughts on VW resale value, current discounting, and the diesel image. “Clearly, Volkswagen is doing heavy, heavy discounting in the short term in an attempt to keep showroom traffic up,” Kim says.
Spiraling VW scandal shakes faith in execs
Volkswagen's troubles have spread rapidly since the emissions scandal erupted on September 18. AutoPacific's Dave Sullivan shares his thoughts with Automotive News on the growing skepticism and doubt that Volkswagen executives have a real understanding of how deep the crisis is.
Toyota and General Motors Lead in 2015 Motorist Choice Awards
Notable automotive industry research companies IntelliChoice and AutoPacific today announced the winners of the 2015 Motorist Choice Awards. Now in its tenth year, this esteemed award recognizes vehicles that deliver the compelling and sought after combination of high consumer satisfaction and lower-than-expected ownership costs over time – meeting the needs and expectations of both the heart and the mind.
Mazda's Diesel Dreams for U.S. in Doubt After Volkswagen Scandal
Mazda's plans to introduce a diesel car risk falling further behind schedule after Volkswagen's diesel scandal unleashed global regulatory scrutiny on the technology. "Volkswagen’s deception will make make it harder for Mazda as the U.S. government was already withholding support for diesel engines," said AutoPacific's Dave Sullivan.
VW scandal delivers 'black eye' to diesel tech
Until this week, AutoPacific was projecting strong growth for diesels in the U.S. as more manufacturers, besides German brands, began to add new diesels. The VW scandal has jeopardized that growth. "The potential impact puts years of effort and millions of dollars of investments to waste," says AutoPacific's Ed Kim.
Analysis: Deception fuels Volkswagen emissions scandal
Volkswagen recently admitted to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that it installed software on some of its diesel-engine vehicles that tricked regulators into believing the cars met the appropriate emission standards. AutoPacific's Dave Sullivan shares his thoughts on the impact of this deception on Volkswagen and on diesel sales in the U.S.