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Just How Often Are Car MPG Claims Inflated
The recent investigation by the EPA into the fuel economy claims of Hyundai and Kia vehicles has brought up the question that Time asks: just how often are car MPG claims inflated? AutoPacific discusses how important those sticker MPG numbers are to a consumers' purchase decision.
Ford recalling Escapes, Fusions to prevent engine fires
Ford recently issued its fourth recall for its 2013 Ford Escape since introducing the model in June 2012. The recall also included the Ford Fusion. Will this recall have a negative impact on Ford sales? AutoPacific's Dave Sullivan shares his insights with The Detroit News. While recalls with mention of fires are never positive for automakers, "long-term it probably won't have much of an effect on sales," said Sullivan.
Car engines downsized, without sacrificing power
With volatile fuel prices and the prediction that prices will continue to rise steadily over the next few years, consumers logically look for more fuel efficient vehicles, but are they willing to sacrifice performance for fuel economy? The good news is that many of the downsized engines being used to increase fuel economy do not negatively affect performance - noticeably anyway. AutoPacific's Dave Sullivan comments on this engine downsizing trend.
2014 Ford Transit Connect Wagon aimed at child-hauling parents
Ford recently unveiled its redesigned Transit Connect, aimed at child-hauling parents to expand the reach of a commercial vehicle. AutoPacific's Dave Sullivan questions its position in a competitive market of 3 row vehicles with more family-friendly offerings.
Kia Soul's downgraded mileage due to 'human error'
Kia and its sister brand Hyundai recently had to shrink gas-mileage estimated on 13 of its models after an investigation by the EPA. The Kia Soul took a 6 mile per gallon hit. AutoPacific's George Peterson comments on the Soul's value conscious consumer base.
'Green' car makers look for boost in second Obama term
Just how far President Obama will go in supporting green cars during his second term remains to be seen, however, AutoPacific's Dave Sullivan says Obama's re-election was "the best thing" possible for the industry.
Toyota considers Prius redesign as sales surge
AutoPacific's Ed Kim weighs in on Toyota's consideration of redesigning the Prius. "The second-generation Prius shape is one of the most iconic of the past decade."
Lincoln to launch MKZ with a major marketing push next month
Ford launches the new Lincoln MKZ next month and AutoPacific's Dave Sullivan is predicting it will outsell the one it replaces. "It looks like nothing else on the road," said Dave Sullivan.
Early Post-Hurricane Sandy Scan: New-Car Sales May Get a Bump, Inventories Not Hard Hit
As the East Coast recovers from the devastation of Hurricane Sandy, Car & Driver considers the impact on new vehicle inventory and sales. AutoPacific's Dave Sullivan weighs in.
A123 Filing Show Struggle Extending MIT Smarts to Factory Floor
AutoPacific's Ed Kim comments on the bankruptcy filing of A123 Systems, Inc. and the future of the battery-electric vehicle market. “This demonstrates just how difficult it is to get this battery revolution under way,” say Kim.