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June 7, 2017

AutoPacific Announces 2017 Vehicle Satisfaction Awards
AutoPacific Announces 2017 Vehicle Satisfaction Awards AutoPacific announces its 21st annual Vehicle Satisfaction Awards. Lincoln is the most satisfying premium brand, regaining leadership from Tesla and nosing out domestic luxury competitor Cadillac. The newcomer Genesis brand from Hyundai ranks third - close behind Lincoln and Cadillac. GMC is the top ranked popular brand, retaking the lead from 2016’s top popular brand, Kia.

May 25, 2016

Your Self-Driving Car is Waiting...Sooner Than You Think
Your Self-Driving Car is Waiting...Sooner Than You Think AutoPacific's George Peterson, a regular contributor to Forbes, says "Autonomous vehicles are all the rage right now. Technology is moving so fast that automakers, suppliers, regulators and insurance companies believe self-driving vehicles will be available for sale in the not-too-distant future." To get an idea of consumer acceptance, AutoPacific surveyed over 1,100 vehicle owners about self-driving vehicles. Read the results here.

May 10, 2016

2017 Honda Ridgeline: Surprise For Mid-Size Truck Buyers
2017 Honda Ridgeline: Surprise For Mid-Size Truck Buyers AutoPacific's George Peterson recently spent some time with the new 2017 Honda Ridgeline and had great things to say about the vehicle. "The 2017 Ridgeline is a totally unique pickup truck concept similar to the original, but executed with better styling and today’s technology," said Peterson. "The real treat with the 2017 Honda Ridgeline is in the driving experience...the Ridgeline is so far superior to the others that this becomes an important reason for purchase."

February 29, 2016

Nissan Upgrades Mid-Size Vehicles Mid-Cycle
Nissan Upgrades Mid-Size Vehicles Mid-Cycle Nissan’s luxury brand, Infiniti, is upgrading its two mid-size entries in the middle of their product cycle. AutoPacific's George Peterson says this is not unusual these days as carmakers attempt to keep up with new technologies and keep fresh products available to their buyers. Read what they're changing here.

February 5, 2016

“Trucks” to Continue to Outsell Cars – XSUV Segment
“Trucks” to Continue to Outsell Cars – XSUV Segment AutoPacific forecasts that trucks, including XSUVs, will be about 60% of the market for the foreseeable future. In fact, reading the crystal ball for the next five years, this percentage of the mix may be low. George Peterson talks about why this is predicted to happen.

February 4, 2016

New Hyundai Elantra Gets Timid
New Hyundai Elantra Gets Timid AutoPacific's George Peterson got up close and personal with the 2017 Hyundai Elantra, a car he says is "is good looking, but not head-turning like its predecessor." The new Elantra is "quiet, solid and comfortable," and has most of the high tech infotainment and technology features available.

February 3, 2016

2017 Bentley Bentayga: The Bentley Boys Are Busy
2017 Bentley Bentayga: The Bentley Boys Are Busy AutoPacific President George Peterson writes about the 2017 Bentley Bentayga, arriving in the U.S. this May. Just another SUV for an overstuffed market? Not so, says Peterson, who also says the Bentayga promises to be Bentley’s top-selling vehicle.

June 16, 2014

AutoPacific Announces 2014 Vehicle Satisfaction Awards
AutoPacific Announces 2014 Vehicle Satisfaction Awards Lincoln receives the Top Premium Brand award, GMC receives Top Popular Brand and the Mercedes-Benz S-Class is the top scoring vehicle of 2014 and of all time! AutoPacific's annual Vehicle Satisfaction Awards (VSA) objectively measure owner satisfaction with their new vehicles. Over 92,000 new vehicle owners were surveyed.

October 22, 2013

AutoPacific and IntelliChoice announce 2013 Motorist Choice Awards
AutoPacific and IntelliChoice announce 2013 Motorist Choice Awards Notable automotive industry research companies IntelliChoice and AutoPacific today announced the winners of the 2013 Motorist Choice Awards. Now in its eighth year, this respected award is given to the vehicles that deliver the highly sought after combination of high consumer satisfaction and lower-than-expected ownership costs over time.

August 15, 2013

AutoPacific Announces 2013 Ideal Vehicle Award Winners
AutoPacific Announces 2013 Ideal Vehicle Award Winners Porsche, Ram top brands. Mercedes-Benz ML-Class top overall vehicle. Established in 2006, the IVAs recognize the cars that best meet their owner's expectations and desires about their automotive purchases. Based on a model-year survey of automotive owners, the IVAs are designed to help consumers make informed vehicle purchase decisions with a true “peer-to-peer” survey.