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Toyota and General Motors Lead in 2015 Motorist Choice Awards
Notable automotive industry research companies IntelliChoice and AutoPacific today announced the winners of the 2015 Motorist Choice Awards. Now in its tenth year, this esteemed award recognizes vehicles that deliver the compelling and sought after combination of high consumer satisfaction and lower-than-expected ownership costs over time – meeting the needs and expectations of both the heart and the mind.
Mazda's Diesel Dreams for U.S. in Doubt After Volkswagen Scandal
Mazda's plans to introduce a diesel car risk falling further behind schedule after Volkswagen's diesel scandal unleashed global regulatory scrutiny on the technology. "Volkswagen’s deception will make make it harder for Mazda as the U.S. government was already withholding support for diesel engines," said AutoPacific's Dave Sullivan.
VW scandal delivers 'black eye' to diesel tech
Until this week, AutoPacific was projecting strong growth for diesels in the U.S. as more manufacturers, besides German brands, began to add new diesels. The VW scandal has jeopardized that growth. "The potential impact puts years of effort and millions of dollars of investments to waste," says AutoPacific's Ed Kim.
Analysis: Deception fuels Volkswagen emissions scandal
Volkswagen recently admitted to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that it installed software on some of its diesel-engine vehicles that tricked regulators into believing the cars met the appropriate emission standards. AutoPacific's Dave Sullivan shares his thoughts on the impact of this deception on Volkswagen and on diesel sales in the U.S.
Porsche: The Road to a Legend
AutoPacific's George Peterson contributes his thoughts about Porsche in this look at Porsche's road to success in the United States. "Porsche is an image, an ethos, an experience," Peterson said. "People lust to own a Porsche at least once in their lives."
Jeep pickup ahead; diesel Wrangler possible
AutoPacific's Dave Sullivan shares his thoughts on the possible new Jeep Wrangler-based pickup. "A Wrangler pickup is one of the few pickups that could get by with a bed smaller than a GMC Canyon or Chevy Colorado," says Sullivan. "And it doesn't necessarily have to be a crew cab."
Fiat pins hopes for revival on 500X crossover
What's wrong with Fiat? AutoPacific's Dave Sullivan discusses Fiat's declining sales. "The brand suffers from the same symptoms of all of the other brands of the same size in the same segment. Even vehicles as large as the Ford Focus or Chevrolet Sonic have experienced sales declines and plant downtime."
AutoNews Now: Satisfied with Kia K900
Following the release of AutoPacific's 2015 Vehicle Satisfaction Awards, Automotive News released coverage of the award highlights and winners on AutoNews Now with China Haley. Coverage includes the Kia K900, this year's top rated vehicle overall and the highest scoring vehicle ever.
A new golden age for high performance
Engineers have solved the problems that prevented high horsepower AND good fuel economy, putting us in the golden age of high-performance cars, be they gasoline, electric or hybrid. AutoPacific's Dave Sullivan says he's not convinced horsepower will continue to increase, though performance likely will. "If we can shave more weight, we won't need crazy horsepower...look what Porsche has done with dual-clutch automatics. Software is making cars faster without having to add more power."
Chevrolet keeps its pocket rocket plans tucked away
A zippy small car priced in the mid-$20,000's has been missing from Chevrolet's lineup, but is GM willing to make one? AutoPacific's Dave Sullivan believes Chevrolet is better positioned for a pocket rocket than they were 5 years ago. "GM has stuff they could tap into if they wanted to." Although GM's Mark Reuss doesn't seem to be on board.