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January 10, 2017

Ford Bronco, Jeep Wagoneer: Will Trump bring gas guzzlers back from the dead?
Ford Bronco, Jeep Wagoneer: Will Trump bring gas guzzlers back from the dead? Automakers are reviving hefty sport-utility vehicles and trucks. The wave of new, or old, vehicles may reflect a perception that the Trump administration will curb fuel-economy standards, freeing automakers to sell more high-profit vehicles while undermining the environment by increasing carbon emissions and accelerating climate change. Analysts think they could be big moneymakers. AutoPacific's Dave Sullivan says, “Automakers are looking to cover every bit of 'white space' in the market with vehicles coming back, like Ranger and Bronco."

August 23, 2016

In race to get driverless cars on the road, Ford speeds ahead
In race to get driverless cars on the road, Ford speeds ahead Ford Motor Company recently revealed an ambitious strategy to make fully autonomous cars available for sale by 2021 - at first used for ride sharing and ride hailing, with sales to individual drivers an indeterminate number of years after that. AutoPacific's Ed Kim comments on the significance of this goal: “It is a great technological accomplishment to be able to offer such a level of autonomy in such a short amount of time.”

August 1, 2016

Startup Otto Aims To Leapfrog To First In Self-Driving Vehicles With Big Trucks
Startup Otto Aims To Leapfrog To First In Self-Driving Vehicles With Big Trucks Otto, a self-funded startup operating out of a 50,000-square-foot San Francisco warehouse, is currently readying a technology option for truck owners that they say would allow 18-wheelers to drive autonomously on U.S. highways. AutoPacific's George Peterson says, “Truckers are limited by their log books in terms of how much driving they can do so this would be appealing. Not just for individual owner operators, but big trucking firms and companies like Amazon would obviously want this capability."

July 24, 2016

Test Drive: Ford's Fusion offers mainstream consumers a taste of semi-autonomous functions
Test Drive: Ford's Fusion offers mainstream consumers a taste of semi-autonomous functions It could be years, maybe even decades, before you regularly catch rides in a completely self-driving car. But semi-autonomous features are making their way into mainstream vehicles. Some midrange cars will automatically brake if they sense an imminent collision or steer back into a freeway lane if the driver allows them to drift. "We're definitely in a state right now where we're starting to see these features become more common in mainstream cars," said AutoPacific's Ed Kim.

July 22, 2016

Musk’s Master Plan Misses the Mark on Tesla Profitability, Investors Say
Musk’s Master Plan Misses the Mark on Tesla Profitability, Investors Say Auto analysts and Wall Street investors responded largely with skepticism to Musk’s "Master Plan" announcement on Wednesday. The statement was a bit vague and unclear on the automaker’s strategy to become profitable, critics say. AutoPacific's Dave Sullivan said, "The main thing that was missing was any type of commitment to shareholder return or to actually become profitable. If you have shareholders, you have an obligation to them. … There was no discussion on how to become profitable.”

July 5, 2016

Fatal crash of Tesla Model S in autopilot mode leads to investigation by federal officials
Fatal crash of Tesla Model S in autopilot mode leads to investigation by federal officials Following Tesla's announcement that federal regulators opened a preliminary probe into the autopilot feature on a Tesla Model S after a fatal crash involving the technology, AutoPacific's George Peterson shared his comments on autopilot technology issues and the crash's potential impact on Tesla customers. "Tesla seems to be a Teflon company,” he said. “...there’s a huge group of Tesla fans out there. I don’t think it’ll put them off – I think it’ll make them more cautious when they’re using autopilot.”

May 21, 2016

Tesla Fighters: GM, Toyota Strategies Diverge
Tesla Fighters: GM, Toyota Strategies Diverge General Motors, Daimler, Volkswagen, Nissan, BMW, Hyundai and Ford are all developing what can be viewed as some form of direct competitor to Tesla’s pure-electric cars. AutoPacific's Dave Sullivan says "the 'Tesla fighters' need to focus on more than just range and price."

May 14, 2016

Back From the Dead: American Buyers Lusting for Midsize Pickups
Back From the Dead: American Buyers Lusting for Midsize Pickups Only a few years ago, General Motors, Ford, Fiat Chrysler and Honda were pulling the plug on their midsize trucks as sales steadily collapsed. Today, "midsize pickups are smoking hot," says AutoPacific's Dave Sullivan. GM returned to the segment in 2016, Honda will roll an all-new version of its Ridgeline soon, and Ford is expected to return to the segment with an all-new Ranger pickup. According to AutoPacific's forecast, midsize pickup demand could reach a peak of around 461,400 by 2019.

May 2, 2016

Giulia's looks are not helping Alfa's case in U.S.
Giulia's looks are not helping Alfa's case in U.S. FCA is rebooting the Alfa Romeo brand with the high-performance Giulia. However, despite the fact that the Giulia model will be brutally fast, offering 505 hp and a 0-to-60-mph time of 3.8 seconds, according to Fiat Chrysler, and Alfa's passionate fans in the U.S., AutoPacific's Dave Sullivan says "Alfa Romeo won't cut into BMW or Mercedes-Benz market share. Even Infiniti and Cadillac aren't too worried. Alfa is in the third tier of luxury brands, and it will be fighting to make itself known."

April 4, 2016

Drawing Party Lines in the Parking Lot: Where Cars and Candidates Collide
Drawing Party Lines in the Parking Lot: Where Cars and Candidates Collide Is there a correlation between political and automotive preferences? Automobile Magazine came to AutoPacific to find out. The AutoPacific poll, specifically designed to show the correlation between people’s choice in presidential candidates and their choice of cars, consisted of roughly 1,100 consumers planning to buy a new car soon. Check out the results here.