News Stories / By Deborah Grieb

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July 8, 2015

Korean Automakers Move to the Top in AutoPacific’s 2015 Vehicle Satisfaction Awards
Korean Automakers Move to the Top in AutoPacific’s 2015 Vehicle Satisfaction Awards The 2015 winners are spread across nearly every manufacturer, with wins by 9 out of 11 automakers. General Motors receives the most wins with 5, followed by Kia and Nissan, with 4 and 3 wins, respectively. Honda, Toyota, FCA (Fiat Chrysler Automobile), Volkswagen and Ford follow with 2 wins each. Volvo, Mercedes-Benz, BMW, and Hyundai each take home 1 win.

June 9, 2015

EV Consumers Passionate About Environment, Willing to Open Pocketbooks
EV Consumers Passionate About Environment, Willing to Open Pocketbooks On average, 6 out of 10 consumers who plan to purchase an alternative powertrain vehicle – a vehicle powered by something other than traditional gasoline – are willing to pay more than $1,000 extra for that vehicle, with EV consumers willing to pay the most.

February 19, 2015

AutoPacific Forecasts Three More Years of Growth for U.S. Light Vehicle Sales
AutoPacific Forecasts Three More Years of Growth for U.S. Light Vehicle Sales AutoPacific today officially announced its forecast for 2015 U.S. light vehicle sales. Predicting a 547,000 unit increase over 2014, AutoPacific forecasts a 2015 year-end total just shy of 17 million units. If sales reach the forecast, it will mark the highest sales year since 2006.

January 22, 2015

Michelin, Pirelli, Nitto Keep Up With Changing Consumer Demands
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.

December 2, 2014

Consumers Want to Relax While Driving But Are They Willing To Give Up Control?
Consumers Want to Relax While Driving But Are They Willing To Give Up Control? AutoPacific's newly released Autonomous Vehicles Study reveals that 80% of vehicle owners are aware of self-driving, or “autonomous,” vehicles and 29% of them would be interested in having one of their own someday. They’d even pay upwards of $4,000 to have the technology. The study investigates consumers’ views on autonomous vehicles, their interest in them, and their reasons for being, or not being, interested, as well as semi-autonomous vehicles and vehicle features.

September 23, 2014

AutoPacific and IntelliChoice Announce 2014 Motorist Choice Awards
AutoPacific and IntelliChoice Announce 2014 Motorist Choice Awards Notable automotive industry research companies IntelliChoice and AutoPacific today announced the winners of the 2014 Motorist Choice Awards. Now in its ninth 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.

September 4, 2014

I Love You. You're Perfect. Now Change. AutoPacific Insights - September 2014
I Love You. You're Perfect. Now Change. AutoPacific Insights - September 2014 The September issue of AutoPacific Insights further explains the rationale behind the recently announced Ideal Vehicle Awards and manufacturer performance over the years. Ford Motor Company stands out due to its strong performance across multiple segments, a testament to the company's ability to read their consumer.

August 19, 2014

Newly Redesigned Vehicles Hit the Mark with Consumers
Newly Redesigned Vehicles Hit the Mark with Consumers AutoPacific, Inc. today announced the 2014 Ideal Vehicle Awards (IVA). For the second year in a row, the top luxury brand is Porsche. The top popular brand is GMC, also the top popular brand in AutoPacific’s 2014 Vehicle Satisfaction Awards. Ford Motor Company and General Motors both had the most wins at 6 and 5 respectively, followed by a diverse brand breakdown, including Honda, Volkswagen, MINI, BMW, Land Rover, Mercedes-Benz, Toyota (Lexus), and Fiat-Chrysler (Jeep).

July 22, 2014

Consumers Are Open to Autonomous Driving but Hesitate to Give Up Total Control
Consumers Are Open to Autonomous Driving but Hesitate to Give Up Total Control New vehicle buyers increasingly want vehicle features that help them drive safer. Now in its 20th year, AutoPacific’s recently released Future Attribute Demand Study (FADS) tracks these technologies and more to help manufacturers meet future consumer expectations. This year’s study reveals that lane drift warning and backup collision intervention are the fastest growing features demanded by new vehicle buyers.

May 1, 2014

AutoPacific Forecasts Nominal Increase in U.S. Light Vehicle Sales as Challenging Weather Subsides
AutoPacific Forecasts Nominal Increase in U.S. Light Vehicle Sales as Challenging Weather Subsides AutoPacific's official 2nd quarter forecast update of 2014 U.S. light vehicle sales shows a very slight uptick compared to the forecast issued in January. "While the challenging weather during the 1st quarter may have kept some buyers out of dealerships, year-end sales remain on track with AutoPacific's original forecast, with a slight increase that aligns with the country's economic recovery," explains Ed Kim.