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Volvo XC70 Most Ideal 2012 Luxury Crossover SUV

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OK, OK, you might not put the Volvo XC70 in an SUV class, but Volvo has gone to lengths to give the XC70 SUV cues and it pulls them off pretty well.  And, Volvo describes the XC70 as a “crossover”, so, QED.  The XC70 outpoints the second place Audi Q5 by over 50 rating points.

AutoPacific’s Ideal Vehicle Award (IVA) recognizes the vehicle that best hits the target its buyers demand.  To score well shows the product planning and design team understand the vehicle’s buyers very well and have executed the product to meet those standards.

Volvo XC70 Dominates Audi Q5 in IVA Win: The 2012 Volvo XC70 comes closest to the ideal of any Luxury Crossover SUV.  The XC70 outpoints the second place Luxury XSUV – the Audi Q5 – by 52 rating points.  In fact, eighty-percent or more of XC70’s owners would not change fourteen of fifteen major characteristics of their vehicle.

Any time over 90% of an owner group wants a characteristic to remain the same, the maker has hit its target dead center.  Ninety-percent-plus characteristics in the XC70 include:  exterior size, exterior styling, driver’s seat visibility, driver’s seat comfort, wheels, and safety features.

The only area lacking is interior storage compartments – 27% of XC70 owners want more interior storage.

You can find an Autobytel review of this IVA award winner at  http://www.autobytel.com/auto-news/awards/ideal-suvs-pickups-rated-by-owners-in-2012-iva-awards-112117/

For a complete summary of all AutoPacific 2012 Ideal Vehicle Award results contact karin.turner@vehiclevoice.com and title your email “IVA Results”.  A copy of the results will be emailed to you within 48-hours.


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Honda Pilot – Most Ideal Premium Mid-Size XSUV in AutoPacific Research

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AutoPacific’s Ideal Vehicle Award (IVA) recognizes the vehicle that best hits the target its buyers demand.  Winning an IVA shows the product planners, engineers and designers of the manufacturer understand what their target customers want and have created the vehicle to best meet their demands.

Pilot Slips By Ford Edge for IVA Win: The 2012 Honda Pilot comes closest to the ideal of any Premium Mid-Size Crossover SUV.  The Pilot slips by the second place Ford Edge by 3 rating points to win in a class that has become increasingly competitive.   Having eighty-percent or more of owners rating a characteristic ideal is outstanding.  Achieving a score of ninety-percent is even more impressive.  Ninety-percent or more of Pilot owners rate its driver’s seat comfort, ride and handling and tires ideal.  Eighty-percent or more of Pilot owners find these additional characteristics ideal:  exterior size, interior lighting, driver’s seat visibility, passenger roominess, wheels, interior storage compartments and safety features.

The Honda Pilot was also best in class in AutoPacific’s 2012 Vehicle Satisfaction Award research.

A Few Shortfalls – Some Could Have Been Offset by Selecting Available Options: About 31% of Pilot owners want more infotainment technology than now.  About 27% want better ease of getting in and out.  About 25% of Honda Pilot owners want more cargo space.  About 18% of Pilot owners want more power and acceleration but an equal percentage would trade off power and acceleration for better fuel economy.

You can find an Autobytel review of this IVA award winner at  http://www.autobytel.com/auto-news/awards/ideal-suvs-pickups-rated-by-owners-in-2012-iva-awards-112117/

For a complete summary of all AutoPacific 2012 Ideal Vehicle Award results contact karin.turner@vehiclevoice.com and title your email “IVA Results”.  A copy of the results will be emailed to you within 48-hours.


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Honda CR-V Most Ideal Mid-Size Crossover SUV

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AutoPacific’s Ideal Vehicle Award (IVA) recognizes the vehicle that best hits the target its buyers demand.  Winning an IVA shows the product planners, engineers and designers of the manufacturer understand what their target customers want and have created the vehicle to best meet their demands.

Honda CR-V Edges Subaru Forester for IVA Win: The 2012 Honda CR-V comes closest to the ideal of any Mid-Size Crossover SUV.  The CR-V edges out the second place Subaru Forester by 27 rating points to win in its class.   Having eighty-percent or more of owners rating a characteristic ideal is outstanding.  Achieving a score of ninety-percent is even more impressive.  Ninety-percent or more of Honda CR-V owners rate its wheels ideal.  Eighty-percent or more of Honda CR-V owners find these additional characteristics ideal:  exterior size, interior lighting, passenger roominess, cargo space, exterior styling, driver’s seat comfort, ride and handling, tires, ease of getting in and out and safety features.

The Honda CR-V was also best in class in AutoPacific’s 2012 Vehicle Satisfaction Award research.

A Few Shortfalls – Some Could Have Been Offset by Selecting Available Options: About 26% of CR-V owners want better infotainment technology than now.  About 25% want better driver’s seat visibility.  About 24% want more power and acceleration than now.  About 23% want more interior storage compartments than now.

You can find an Autobytel review of this IVA award winner at  http://www.autobytel.com/auto-news/awards/ideal-suvs-pickups-rated-by-owners-in-2012-iva-awards-112117/

For a complete summary of all AutoPacific 2012 Ideal Vehicle Award results contact karin.turner@vehiclevoice.com and title your email “IVA Results”.  A copy of the results will be emailed to you within 48-hours.


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MINI Countryman – Most Ideal Compact Crossover SUV

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AutoPacific’s Ideal Vehicle Award (IVA) recognizes the vehicle that best hits the target its buyers demand.  Winning an IVA shows the product planners, engineers and designers of the manufacturer understand what their target customers want and have created the vehicle to best meet their demands.

MINI Countryman Dominates Kia Sportage for IVA Win: The 2012 MINI Countryman comes closest to the ideal of any Compact Crossover SUV.  The Countryman edges out the second place Kia Sportage by 78 rating points to win in its class.   Having eighty-percent or more of owners rating a characteristic ideal is outstanding.  Achieving a score of ninety-percent is even more impressive.  Ninety-percent or more of Countryman owners rate its exterior size, interior lighting, passenger roominess, exterior styling, wheels, driver’s seat comfort, ease of getting in and out and safety features ideal.  Eighty-percent or more of Countryman owners find these additional characteristics ideal:  ride and handling and tires.

A Few Shortfalls – Some Basic: Many of the Countryman’s shortfalls are related to package and style.  About 37% of Countryman owners want more interior storage compartments.  About 31% of Countryman owners want better driver’s seat visibility.  About 30% want more cargo space.  About 29% want more infotainment technology.  About 25% want more power and acceleration but only 1% would trade off power and acceleration for better fuel economy.

You can find an Autobytel review of this IVA award winner at  http://www.autobytel.com/auto-news/awards/ideal-suvs-pickups-rated-by-owners-in-2012-iva-awards-112117/

For a complete summary of all AutoPacific 2012 Ideal Vehicle Award results contact karin.turner@vehiclevoice.com and title your email “IVA Results”.  A copy of the results will be emailed to you within 48-hours.


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Honda Odyssey – Most Ideal Minivan in AutoPacific Research

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AutoPacific’s Ideal Vehicle Award (IVA) recognizes the vehicle that best hits the target its buyers demand.  Winning an IVA shows the product planners, engineers and designers of the manufacturer understand what their target customers want and have created the vehicle to best meet their demands.

Odyssey Edges Chrysler Town & Country for IVA Win: The 2012 Honda Odyssey comes closest to the ideal of any Minivan.  The Odyssey edges out the second place Chrysler Town & Country by 21 rating points to win in its class.   Having eighty-percent or more of owners rating a characteristic ideal is outstanding.  Achieving a score of ninety-percent is even more impressive.  Ninety-percent or more of Odyssey owners rate its exterior size, passenger roominess, cargo space, wheels and tires, ride and handling ideal.  Eighty-percent or more of Odyssey owners find these additional characteristics ideal:  interior lighting.

The Honda Odyssey was also best in class in AutoPacific’s 2012 Vehicle Satisfaction Award research.

A Few Shortfalls – Some Could Have Been Offset by Selecting Available Options and Powertrains: About 27% want more infotainment technology than now.  About 8% would like for Odyssey’s technology to be easier to use.  About 25% of Odyssey owners want better visibility than now.  About 24% want more interior storage compartments than now.  About 21% want a softer driver’s seat.  About 20% want more daring exterior styling than now.

You can find an Autobytel review of this IVA award winner at  http://www.autobytel.com/auto-news/awards/ideal-suvs-pickups-rated-by-owners-in-2012-iva-awards-112117/

For a complete summary of all AutoPacific 2012 Ideal Vehicle Award results contact karin.turner@vehiclevoice.com and title your email “IVA Results”.  A copy of the results will be emailed to you within 48-hours.


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Mercedes-Benz GL – 80% New for 2013

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Mercedes-Benz GL350 BlueTEC

Mercedes’ (@mbusa) top of the line SUV, the 7-passenger GL (#2013GL-Class), is new for 2013.  As the top selling premium luxury sport utility vehicle, GL certainly is a healthy profit contributor to parent company Daimler AG.  Built at Mercedes-Benz Tuscaloosa, Alabama assembly plant, 53% of GL production is sold in the United States.  The 2013 GL is the second generation GL and continues to be derived from the platform that also underpins the 5-passenger ML.  About 80% of the GL is all new for its second generation.  We had a chance to drive several versions of the new GL at its global press preview in Santa Fe, New Mexico.


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Mercedes-Benz S-Class Most Satisfying 2012 Car

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Best in Class 2012 Premium Luxury Car:  Mercedes-Benz S-Class

2012 Mercedes-Benz Wins AutoPacific Vehicle Satisfaction Award

The top satisfying car, and top rated Premium Luxury Car for 2011 and 2012 is the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, the sedan flagship of the Mercedes lineup.  The S-Class scores top of class satisfaction ratings in 33 of 48 attributes contributing to AutoPacific’s Vehicle Satisfaction Award.  This is a gargantuan feat.  With a possible high score of 5.0 on each characteristic, S-Class owners rated the car at 4.8 rating points or higher in Exterior Size, Ease of Getting in and Out, Seating Capacity, Image, Vehicle Reputation, Brand Reputation, Exterior Styling, Interior Styling, Braking, Handling, Ride, Quietness, Easy to Use Controls, Feeling Safe While Driving, Safety Ratings, and Overall Quality.  They were least satisfied with the fuel economy of their S-Class and the price they paid for the privilege of owning such a prestigious car.


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2012 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Most Satisfying Aspirational Luxury Car

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Best in Class 2012 Aspirational Luxury Car:  Mercedes-Benz C-Class

2012 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Wins AutoPacific Vehicle Satisfaction Award

The top satisfying car in the Aspirational Luxury Car Class for 2012 is the Mercedes-Benz C-Class.  The C-Class wins not by achieving top scores in many categories in AutoPacific’s Vehicle Satisfaction Award research, but by having a solid performance in most.  It is top rated in only one category, Cupholder Design and Size.  While this may seem very minor, it is rare for a German vehicle to even think of having a good cupholder.  With a possible high score of 5.0 on each of 48 characteristics, owners of the C-Class rated the car 4.7 or higher on several, including:  Overall Satisfaction, Vehicle’s Reputation, Brand’s Reputation,  Exterior Color, Exterior Styling, Fun to Drive, Reliable/Dependable, Feeling Safe While Driving, Safety Features, and Overall Quality.  The lowest satisfaction from owners of the C-Class were in fuel economy, rear seat comfort, cargo capacity and flexible seating.


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2012 Chrysler 300 Most Satisfying Large Car

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Best in Class 2012 Large Car:  Chrysler 300

2012 Chrysler 300 Wins AutoPacific Vehicle Satisfaction Award

The top Large Car for 2012 is the Chrysler 300, the sedan flagship of the Chrysler lineup.  The owners of the Chrysler 300 give the car satisfaction scores at top of its class  in 11 of 48 attributes contributing to AutoPacific’s Vehicle Satisfaction Award research.  The Chrysler 300 is top of class in Exterior Size, Interior Fabrics and Materials, Braking, Fuel Economy, Quietness, Brand of Audio System, Infotainment Technology, Price, Advanced Powertrain Technology and Range.  With a possible high score of 5.0 on each of 48 characteristics, owners of the Chrysler 300 rated the car a 4.6 or higher on several, including:  Overall satisfaction, Exterior Size, Image, Exterior Styling, Braking, Handling, Fun to Drive, Ride, and Overall Quality.  Owners were least satisfied in Use of Recyclable Materials, Environmental Friendliness, and Price.


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2012 VW Passat Most Satisfying Premium Mid-Size Car

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Best In Class 2012 Premium Mid-Size Car:  Volkswagen Passat

2012 Volkswagen Passat Wins AutoPacific Vehicle Satisfaction Award

The top satisfying Premium Mid-Size Car is the all-new 2012 Volkswagen Passat.  That Volkswagen can pull off this feat in its first year of an all-new design of a car assembled in an all-new assembly plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee is remarkable.  It normally takes a couple of years to fine tune the process.  The owners of the new Passat gave the car class-leading satisfaction ratings in 21 of 48 attributes that contribute to AutoPacific’s Vehicle Satisfaction Award including:  Overall Satisfaction, Exterior Size, Ease of Getting In and Out, Seating Capacity, Rear Seat Comfort, Flexible Seating, Cargo Space, Ease of Unloading Cargo, Image, Power and Acceleration, Fuel Economy, Quality Feeling Controls, Brand of Audio System, Interior Lighting, Environmental Friendliness, Feeling Safe While Driving, Safety Features, Safety Rating, Use of Recyclable Materials, Advanced Powertrain Technology, and Range.  With a possible high score of 5.0 on each of 48 characteristics, Passat owners rated the car over 4.6 rating points on:  Overall Satisfaction, Exterior Size, Seating Capacity, Reliable/Dependable, Feeling Safe While Driving, Safety Ratings, and Safety Features.  The owners were least satisfied in Tire Brand, Size and Appearance and Collision Avoidance Technology.  That Volkswagen can add Passat’s 2012 Vehicle Satisfaction Award to its trophy case along side the Motor Trend 2012 Car of the Year Award is an impressive feat for an all-new car.


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