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April 2, 2016

Hyundai's Genesis luxury brand could face growing pain
Hyundai's Genesis luxury brand could face growing pain Four months ago, Hyundai announced plans to split off Genesis as a separate luxury brand. Hyundai has not, however, decided when they will have stand-alone dealerships for this new brand and plans to keep the current strategy of selling Genesis models is separate areas of Hyundai dealerships. AutoPacific's Dave Sullivan shares his thoughts on this plan.

March 31, 2016

Are smart cars only as good as the roads they're driving on?
Are smart cars only as good as the roads they're driving on? Autonomous cars rely on sensors to read lines on the road, which means navigating less than pristine markings can be tough. And in some ways people are still smarter than machines. Like when it comes to recognizing a pothole might be coming up on a bumpy stretch of road. AutoPacific's Ed Kim talks about human intuition and the challenges self-driving cars face in cities lacking defined lane markers.

February 3, 2016

Kia plans first sports sedan next year as it seeks younger, more hip image, report says
Kia plans first sports sedan next year as it seeks younger, more hip image, report says Kia Motors plans to launch its first sports sedan next year. Codenamed CK, Kia aims to start producing the sedan in May 2017. AutoPacific's Dave Sullivan says "Kia hit a home run with the Soul -- they figured out how to keep it fresh and fun. Apply this formula to a rear-wheel-drive sedan and they might be able to go after a younger consumer who is bored with the played-out BMW 3 series but wants to move out of their Soul they have had since college."

January 28, 2016

FCA to Cut Dodge Dart, Chrysler 200 in Shift to Pickups, Jeeps
FCA to Cut Dodge Dart, Chrysler 200 in Shift to Pickups, Jeeps Sergio Marchionne announced that FCA will"withdraw the current 200 and Dodge Dart from the marketplace over a prolonged period of time." AutoPacific's Dave Sulllivan contributes his thoughts, saying "They're probably going to be gone in probably two years at the most." Sullivan expects FCA to focus on money-making pickups and Jeeps.

January 26, 2016

Cadillac CT6 Makes Red Carpet Debut at Oscars
Cadillac CT6 Makes Red Carpet Debut at Oscars Cadillac will pass on advertising during the Super Bowl this year and instead focus on the Academy Awards. This coastal strategy confronts European makers where they are strongest – on the East and West coasts where 40 percent of luxury sales are made. “This is a living and breathing experiment processing techniques that haven’t been used before,” says auto analyst Dave Sullivan of AutoPacific. “It’s also an experiment in what’s coming from Cadillac.”

January 18, 2016

Minivan Makeover Seeks to Appeal to New Customers
Minivan Makeover Seeks to Appeal to New Customers Minivans have dropped in popularity and sales since their introduction in 1983. Fiat Chrysler is betting on a strong minivan future as they move forward with the new Pacifica minivan, to go into production later this year. AutoPacific's Dave Sullivan, driver of a Nissan Quest minivan, says “as millennials start to have children, a generation that went to soccer practice and family outings as passengers in the vehicles will return as prime buyers.”

January 4, 2016

Mysterious carmaker Faraday to step into CES spotlight
Mysterious carmaker Faraday to step into CES spotlight Faraday Future, a somewhat mysterious electric carmarker, plans to unveil a concept car they dub as "the future of mobility" tonight at CES in Las Vegas. As for Faraday's plans, AutoPacific's Dave Sullivan expects Faraday to focus on shared mobility services as opposed to selling cars. “They’re going in a different direction,” says Sullivan. “They want to be a mobility provider, not necessarily a retailer of vehicles.”

Midcycle updates grow more extensive, more expensive
Midcycle updates grow more extensive, more expensive Midcycle updates are no longer just a vehicle freshening, they are more like full makeovers. Tougher competition is just one reason for more extreme midcycle enhancements, and vehicle software that makes changes more feasible is helping automakers. AutoPacific's Dave Sullivan contributes his thoughts to Automotive News.

December 31, 2015

Chevrolet, Toyota raise game in green battle
Chevrolet, Toyota raise game in green battle The all-new Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid and Toyota Prius hybrid are two of the nation's most fuel-efficient cars, according to the latest EPA fuel economy guide, and both are being launched at a time when gasoline is cheap in many states. Despite their similarities, AutoPacific's Dave Sullivan says they appeal to very separate types of buyers. "They are very different cars, very different goals in mind."

November 23, 2015

Scion's edgy new crossover for the kids
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."