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Jul/05 - 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.”

Jun/08 - AutoPacific Announces 2016 Vehicle Satisfaction Awards AutoPacific Announces 2016 Vehicle Satisfaction Awards
AutoPacific today announced its 20th annual Vehicle Satisfaction Awards (VSAs), identifying the most satisfying vehicles in the market. An industry benchmark for measuring how satisfied an owner is with his/her new vehicle, VSAs are based on survey responses from over 65,000 owners of new 2015 and 2016 model year cars and light trucks.

May/25 - Your Self-Driving Car is Waiting...Sooner Than You Think Your Self-Driving Car is Waiting...Sooner Than You Think
AutoPacific's George Peterson, a regular contributor to Forbes, says "Autonomous vehicles are all the rage right now. Technology is moving so fast that automakers, suppliers, regulators and insurance companies believe self-driving vehicles will be available for sale in the not-too-distant future." To get an idea of consumer acceptance, AutoPacific surveyed over 1,100 vehicle owners about self-driving vehicles. Read the results here.

May/21 - 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 - 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.