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Porsche: The Road to a Legend
AutoPacific's George Peterson contributes his thoughts about Porsche in this look at Porsche's road to success in the United States. "Porsche is an image, an ethos, an experience," Peterson said. "People lust to own a Porsche at least once in their lives."
Jeep pickup ahead; diesel Wrangler possible
AutoPacific's Dave Sullivan shares his thoughts on the possible new Jeep Wrangler-based pickup. "A Wrangler pickup is one of the few pickups that could get by with a bed smaller than a GMC Canyon or Chevy Colorado," says Sullivan. "And it doesn't necessarily have to be a crew cab."
Fiat pins hopes for revival on 500X crossover
What's wrong with Fiat? AutoPacific's Dave Sullivan discusses Fiat's declining sales. "The brand suffers from the same symptoms of all of the other brands of the same size in the same segment. Even vehicles as large as the Ford Focus or Chevrolet Sonic have experienced sales declines and plant downtime."
AutoNews Now: Satisfied with Kia K900
Following the release of AutoPacific's 2015 Vehicle Satisfaction Awards, Automotive News released coverage of the award highlights and winners on AutoNews Now with China Haley. Coverage includes the Kia K900, this year's top rated vehicle overall and the highest scoring vehicle ever.
A new golden age for high performance
Engineers have solved the problems that prevented high horsepower AND good fuel economy, putting us in the golden age of high-performance cars, be they gasoline, electric or hybrid. AutoPacific's Dave Sullivan says he's not convinced horsepower will continue to increase, though performance likely will. "If we can shave more weight, we won't need crazy horsepower...look what Porsche has done with dual-clutch automatics. Software is making cars faster without having to add more power."
Chevrolet keeps its pocket rocket plans tucked away
A zippy small car priced in the mid-$20,000's has been missing from Chevrolet's lineup, but is GM willing to make one? AutoPacific's Dave Sullivan believes Chevrolet is better positioned for a pocket rocket than they were 5 years ago. "GM has stuff they could tap into if they wanted to." Although GM's Mark Reuss doesn't seem to be on board.
Thunderbird, Monte Carlo: Coupes Staged For A Comeback?
While the recent arrival of new two-door vehicles like the BMW 4-Series, Lexus RC and Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe may lead one to think coupes in general are on an upswing, AutoPacific's Ed Kim says that while luxury coupes are a different story, "for a mainstream consumer's hard-earned money, a coupe just doesn't offer a lot of bang for the buck."
Honda hopes HR-V is better late than never
The 2016 Honda HR-V goes on sale on May 15th - later than planned, but entering a growing segment. Analyst Dave Sullivan said the delays weren't hurtful and the cautious approach was better for the company than risking errors of the type that tripped up the recall-plagued Honda Fit.
Small but mighty vehicle engines are picking up speed
Smaller engines are forecast for future vehicles. "A V8 is not a requirement to succeed any more in any segment," says AutoPacific's Dave Sullivan. The industry is changing to meet more stringent fuel economy regulations through smaller engines, better transmissions, smart electronics and lightweight materials, all benefiting the consumer.
They're Back: Cadillac and Lincoln Unveil New Luxury Sedans
Luxury automakers have been unveiling a flood of new products in recent months. Can luxury brands Cadillac and Lincoln rebuild their roles in the luxury market with their new flagship vehicles, the CT6 and a new Continental sedan? AutoPacific's Dave Sullivan believes both Cadillac and Lincoln are in different stages of identifying themselves. Read the full article here.