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July 8, 2015

AutoNews Now: Satisfied with Kia K900
AutoNews Now: Satisfied with Kia K900 Following the release of AutoPacific's 2015 Vehicle Satisfaction Awards, Automotive News released coverage of the award highlights and winners on AutoNews Now with China Haley. Coverage includes the Kia K900, this year's top rated vehicle overall and the highest scoring vehicle ever.

May 19, 2015

A new golden age for high performance
A new golden age for high performance Engineers have solved the problems that prevented high horsepower AND good fuel economy, putting us in the golden age of high-performance cars, be they gasoline, electric or hybrid. AutoPacific's Dave Sullivan says he's not convinced horsepower will continue to increase, though performance likely will. "If we can shave more weight, we won't need crazy horsepower...look what Porsche has done with dual-clutch automatics. Software is making cars faster without having to add more power."

May 18, 2015

Chevrolet keeps its pocket rocket plans tucked away
Chevrolet keeps its pocket rocket plans tucked away A zippy small car priced in the mid-$20,000's has been missing from Chevrolet's lineup, but is GM willing to make one? AutoPacific's Dave Sullivan believes Chevrolet is better positioned for a pocket rocket than they were 5 years ago. "GM has stuff they could tap into if they wanted to." Although GM's Mark Reuss doesn't seem to be on board.

May 6, 2015

Thunderbird, Monte Carlo: Coupes Staged For A Comeback?
Thunderbird, Monte Carlo: Coupes Staged For A Comeback? While the recent arrival of new two-door vehicles like the BMW 4-Series, Lexus RC and Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe may lead one to think coupes in general are on an upswing, AutoPacific's Ed Kim says that while luxury coupes are a different story, "for a mainstream consumer's hard-earned money, a coupe just doesn't offer a lot of bang for the buck."

April 30, 2015

Honda hopes HR-V is better late than never
Honda hopes HR-V is better late than never The 2016 Honda HR-V goes on sale on May 15th - later than planned, but entering a growing segment. Analyst Dave Sullivan said the delays weren't hurtful and the cautious approach was better for the company than risking errors of the type that tripped up the recall-plagued Honda Fit.

April 12, 2015

Small but mighty vehicle engines are picking up speed
Small but mighty vehicle engines are picking up speed Smaller engines are forecast for future vehicles. "A V8 is not a requirement to succeed any more in any segment," says AutoPacific's Dave Sullivan. The industry is changing to meet more stringent fuel economy regulations through smaller engines, better transmissions, smart electronics and lightweight materials, all benefiting the consumer.

March 31, 2015

They're Back: Cadillac and Lincoln Unveil New Luxury Sedans
They're Back: Cadillac and Lincoln Unveil New Luxury Sedans Luxury automakers have been unveiling a flood of new products in recent months. Can luxury brands Cadillac and Lincoln rebuild their roles in the luxury market with their new flagship vehicles, the CT6 and a new Continental sedan? AutoPacific's Dave Sullivan believes both Cadillac and Lincoln are in different stages of identifying themselves. Read the full article here.

March 19, 2015

Honda adds more cars to Takata airbag recall
Honda adds more cars to Takata airbag recall Honda recently expanded their recall of cars with Takata airbags that have the potential to explode, making the total narly 5.5 million cars and SUVs nationwide. AutoPacific's Dave Sullivan is concerned that consumers have become desensitized to recalls (last year was a industry record for recalls) and will ignore or delay getting things fixed.

March 16, 2015

Top luxury brands have luxury of growing lineups
Top luxury brands have luxury of growing lineups In 2014, BMW offered more models than any of its competitors with 27. In 2015 that number jumps to 35. Luxury brand model counts are growing, especially for the high-volume German brands BMW and Mercedes-Benz, but AutoPacific's Dave Sullivan says despite high sales volumes for the brand, selling such a large number of nameplates could prove a liability for some carmakers. "There's a tremendous cost of keeping all these nameplates," says Sullivan.

March 9, 2015

More Americans Opt for Risky Long Term Loans
More Americans Opt for Risky Long Term Loans AutoPacific's Ed Kim spoke with NPR about the new trend in consumers taking out longer term auto loans. According to Kim, consumers haven't yet recovered from the recession, so that new car payment has to be stretched out over more years.