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November 19, 2015

For Lotus Cars, a New Chief and a Return to Its Vaunted Lightness
For Lotus Cars, a New Chief and a Return to Its Vaunted Lightness AutoPacific's George Peterson shares his thoughts on the future of Lotus in the United States. “It will be very difficult for Lotus to re-establish a solid position in the U.S.A. because of their historic stops-starts,” he said.

November 13, 2015

The Most Wanted New-Car Features
The Most Wanted New-Car Features Forbes highlights AutoPacific's recently released feature demand data from the 2015 New Vehicle Satisfaction Study. According to data compiled AutoPacific, 90% of those surveyed rated safety features as being either “very” or “extremely important” with regard to their next new-vehicle purchase, which shows a steady increase from 88% last year and 82% in 2013.

November 9, 2015

6 ways the VW emissions scandal could cost (or save) you
6 ways the VW emissions scandal could cost (or save) you As new developments in the VW scandal continue to unfold, AutoPacific's Ed Kim shares his thoughts on VW resale value, current discounting, and the diesel image. “Clearly, Volkswagen is doing heavy, heavy discounting in the short term in an attempt to keep showroom traffic up,” Kim says.

November 8, 2015

Spiraling VW scandal shakes faith in execs
Spiraling VW scandal shakes faith in execs Volkswagen's troubles have spread rapidly since the emissions scandal erupted on September 18. AutoPacific's Dave Sullivan shares his thoughts with Automotive News on the growing skepticism and doubt that Volkswagen executives have a real understanding of how deep the crisis is.

September 30, 2015

Mazda's Diesel Dreams for U.S. in Doubt After Volkswagen Scandal
Mazda's Diesel Dreams for U.S. in Doubt After Volkswagen Scandal Mazda's plans to introduce a diesel car risk falling further behind schedule after Volkswagen's diesel scandal unleashed global regulatory scrutiny on the technology. "Volkswagen’s deception will make make it harder for Mazda as the U.S. government was already withholding support for diesel engines," said AutoPacific's Dave Sullivan.

September 24, 2015

VW scandal delivers 'black eye' to diesel tech
VW scandal delivers 'black eye' to diesel tech Until this week, AutoPacific was projecting strong growth for diesels in the U.S. as more manufacturers, besides German brands, began to add new diesels. The VW scandal has jeopardized that growth. "The potential impact puts years of effort and millions of dollars of investments to waste," says AutoPacific's Ed Kim.

September 23, 2015

Analysis: Deception fuels Volkswagen emissions scandal
Analysis: Deception fuels Volkswagen emissions scandal Volkswagen recently admitted to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that it installed software on some of its diesel-engine vehicles that tricked regulators into believing the cars met the appropriate emission standards. AutoPacific's Dave Sullivan shares his thoughts on the impact of this deception on Volkswagen and on diesel sales in the U.S.

September 21, 2015

Porsche: The Road to a Legend
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."

September 8, 2015

Jeep pickup ahead; diesel Wrangler possible
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."

August 30, 2015

Fiat pins hopes for revival on 500X crossover
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."