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Jan/10 - 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."

Sep/27 - Toyota and Lexus Dominate in 2016 Motorist Choice Awards Toyota and Lexus Dominate in 2016 Motorist Choice Awards
AutoPacific and IntelliChoice announced the 2016 Motorist Choice Award (MCA) winners. MCA's are given to vehicles that deliver the compelling and sought after combination of high consumer satisfaction and lower-than-expected ownership costs over time. Toyota won 9 awards between the Toyota and Lexus brands, followed by GM with 4, Honda with 3, BMW and Subaru each with 2, and Volvo, FCA and Mazda with 1 win each.

Aug/23 - 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.”

Aug/17 - Kia's Latest Cadenza Brings Flair To A Shrinking Large Sedan Segment Kia's Latest Cadenza Brings Flair To A Shrinking Large Sedan Segment
AutoPacific estimates that large sedans will make up just 2.3% of the light vehicle market in 2016, selling just over 400,000 units. So what does Kia, which prides itself on being a dynamic and edgy brand, see in continuing to compete in this segment? AutoPacific's Ed Kim recently drove the all-new for 2017 Kia Cadenza. A vehicle he says, "stands out as a very well differentiated product" among its direct competitors and "is well deserving of an audience among the young-at-heart, if not actually young."

Aug/01 - 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."