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January 4, 2016

Mysterious carmaker Faraday to step into CES spotlight
Mysterious carmaker Faraday to step into CES spotlight Faraday Future, a somewhat mysterious electric carmarker, plans to unveil a concept car they dub as "the future of mobility" tonight at CES in Las Vegas. As for Faraday's plans, AutoPacific's Dave Sullivan expects Faraday to focus on shared mobility services as opposed to selling cars. “They’re going in a different direction,” says Sullivan. “They want to be a mobility provider, not necessarily a retailer of vehicles.”

Midcycle updates grow more extensive, more expensive
Midcycle updates grow more extensive, more expensive Midcycle updates are no longer just a vehicle freshening, they are more like full makeovers. Tougher competition is just one reason for more extreme midcycle enhancements, and vehicle software that makes changes more feasible is helping automakers. AutoPacific's Dave Sullivan contributes his thoughts to Automotive News.

December 31, 2015

Chevrolet, Toyota raise game in green battle
Chevrolet, Toyota raise game in green battle The all-new Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid and Toyota Prius hybrid are two of the nation's most fuel-efficient cars, according to the latest EPA fuel economy guide, and both are being launched at a time when gasoline is cheap in many states. Despite their similarities, AutoPacific's Dave Sullivan says they appeal to very separate types of buyers. "They are very different cars, very different goals in mind."

December 11, 2015

U.S. Consumers Won't Likely Balk at China-Built Vehicles
U.S. Consumers Won't Likely Balk at China-Built Vehicles With Buick's confirmation that they will offer their first Chinese-built vehicle next summer, AutoPacific's Ed Kim talks about China-built vehicles and their predicted acceptance in the U.S.

December 3, 2015

Clean Diesels May Have Been a Distraction All Along
Clean Diesels May Have Been a Distraction All Along AutoPacific's Ed Kim, now a contributor to Forbes.com, writes about the future of light duty diesels worldwide. "Perhaps," says Kim, "the diesel scandal and its inevitable – and probably permanent – damage to diesel sales isn’t such a bad thing...the industry can better focus its efforts on more forward thinking powertrain technologies."

November 23, 2015

Scion's edgy new crossover for the kids
Scion's edgy new crossover for the kids future Scion C-HR and its potential success in a growing subcompact crossover vehicle segment. "This sort of product is consistent with what the Scion brand stands for," said Ed Kim, vice president of industry analysis at AutoPacific. "It's edgy and youthful and so doing a small sporty crossover is a really good fit for a brand that's trying to get itself out of the doldrums and rebuild."

November 19, 2015

For Lotus Cars, a New Chief and a Return to Its Vaunted Lightness
For Lotus Cars, a New Chief and a Return to Its Vaunted Lightness AutoPacific's George Peterson shares his thoughts on the future of Lotus in the United States. “It will be very difficult for Lotus to re-establish a solid position in the U.S.A. because of their historic stops-starts,” he said.

November 13, 2015

The Most Wanted New-Car Features
The Most Wanted New-Car Features Forbes highlights AutoPacific's recently released feature demand data from the 2015 New Vehicle Satisfaction Study. According to data compiled AutoPacific, 90% of those surveyed rated safety features as being either “very” or “extremely important” with regard to their next new-vehicle purchase, which shows a steady increase from 88% last year and 82% in 2013.

November 9, 2015

6 ways the VW emissions scandal could cost (or save) you
6 ways the VW emissions scandal could cost (or save) you As new developments in the VW scandal continue to unfold, AutoPacific's Ed Kim shares his thoughts on VW resale value, current discounting, and the diesel image. “Clearly, Volkswagen is doing heavy, heavy discounting in the short term in an attempt to keep showroom traffic up,” Kim says.

November 8, 2015

Spiraling VW scandal shakes faith in execs
Spiraling VW scandal shakes faith in execs Volkswagen's troubles have spread rapidly since the emissions scandal erupted on September 18. AutoPacific's Dave Sullivan shares his thoughts with Automotive News on the growing skepticism and doubt that Volkswagen executives have a real understanding of how deep the crisis is.