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Hyundai's Genesis luxury brand could face growing pain
Four months ago, Hyundai announced plans to split off Genesis as a separate luxury brand. Hyundai has not, however, decided when they will have stand-alone dealerships for this new brand and plans to keep the current strategy of selling Genesis models is separate areas of Hyundai dealerships. AutoPacific's Dave Sullivan shares his thoughts on this plan.
Are smart cars only as good as the roads they're driving on?
Autonomous cars rely on sensors to read lines on the road, which means navigating less than pristine markings can be tough. And in some ways people are still smarter than machines. Like when it comes to recognizing a pothole might be coming up on a bumpy stretch of road. AutoPacific's Ed Kim talks about human intuition and the challenges self-driving cars face in cities lacking defined lane markers.
Nissan Upgrades Mid-Size Vehicles Mid-Cycle
Nissan’s luxury brand, Infiniti, is upgrading its two mid-size entries in the middle of their product cycle. AutoPacific's George Peterson says this is not unusual these days as carmakers attempt to keep up with new technologies and keep fresh products available to their buyers. Read what they're changing here.
“Trucks” to Continue to Outsell Cars – XSUV Segment
AutoPacific forecasts that trucks, including XSUVs, will be about 60% of the market for the foreseeable future. In fact, reading the crystal ball for the next five years, this percentage of the mix may be low. George Peterson talks about why this is predicted to happen.
New Hyundai Elantra Gets Timid
AutoPacific's George Peterson got up close and personal with the 2017 Hyundai Elantra, a car he says is "is good looking, but not head-turning like its predecessor." The new Elantra is "quiet, solid and comfortable," and has most of the high tech infotainment and technology features available.
Kia plans first sports sedan next year as it seeks younger, more hip image, report says
Kia Motors plans to launch its first sports sedan next year. Codenamed CK, Kia aims to start producing the sedan in May 2017. AutoPacific's Dave Sullivan says "Kia hit a home run with the Soul -- they figured out how to keep it fresh and fun. Apply this formula to a rear-wheel-drive sedan and they might be able to go after a younger consumer who is bored with the played-out BMW 3 series but wants to move out of their Soul they have had since college."
2017 Bentley Bentayga: The Bentley Boys Are Busy
AutoPacific President George Peterson writes about the 2017 Bentley Bentayga, arriving in the U.S. this May. Just another SUV for an overstuffed market? Not so, says Peterson, who also says the Bentayga promises to be Bentley’s top-selling vehicle.
FCA to Cut Dodge Dart, Chrysler 200 in Shift to Pickups, Jeeps
Sergio Marchionne announced that FCA will"withdraw the current 200 and Dodge Dart from the marketplace over a prolonged period of time." AutoPacific's Dave Sulllivan contributes his thoughts, saying "They're probably going to be gone in probably two years at the most." Sullivan expects FCA to focus on money-making pickups and Jeeps.
Cadillac CT6 Makes Red Carpet Debut at Oscars
Cadillac will pass on advertising during the Super Bowl this year and instead focus on the Academy Awards. This coastal strategy confronts European makers where they are strongest – on the East and West coasts where 40 percent of luxury sales are made. “This is a living and breathing experiment processing techniques that haven’t been used before,” says auto analyst Dave Sullivan of AutoPacific. “It’s also an experiment in what’s coming from Cadillac.”
Minivan Makeover Seeks to Appeal to New Customers
Minivans have dropped in popularity and sales since their introduction in 1983. Fiat Chrysler is betting on a strong minivan future as they move forward with the new Pacifica minivan, to go into production later this year. AutoPacific's Dave Sullivan, driver of a Nissan Quest minivan, says “as millennials start to have children, a generation that went to soccer practice and family outings as passengers in the vehicles will return as prime buyers.”