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AutoPacific’s Ideal Vehicle Awards – What Are They?

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AutoPacific’s 2012 Ideal Vehicle Awards (IVA) are based on over 75,000 surveys completed by owners of new cars and light trucks in the United States in the first half of 2012.

The IVA award recognizes those products designed most closely to meet the requirements of their buyers.

The IVAs are based solely on owner input.  These results are the voice of the math.  AutoPacific does not have a vote.  We only do the arithmetic.

AutoPacific’s IVAs measure the fusion between owner expectations and the reality provided by the manufacturer by quantitatively measuring how closely a vehicle matches those expectations.

An ideal vehicle is one that meets the owner’s expectations for the product.  They do not want it changed.  They don’t want it bigger.  They don’t want it faster.  They don’t want its styling changed.  When asked what they would change about their new vehicle, buyers who want the least change are driving their ideal vehicle.

AutoPacific’s research reviews of each IVA winner can be found on VehicleVoice.

Autobytels reviews of each IVA winner can be found at http://www.autobytel.com/auto-news/awards/ideal-vehicle-awards-from-autobytel-autopacific-highlight-owner-s-happiness-112198/


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MINI – Ideal Popular Brand in AutoPacific Research

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AutoPacific’s Ideal Vehicle Award (IVA) for Popular Brands recognizes the brand whose vehicles best hits the targets 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.

For 2012, MINI achieves the top ratings from its owners outpointing second place Popular Brand GMC by 31 rating points.  Owners of the MINI Cooper give the cheeky Premium Compact Car a dominating win in its category over the Subaru Impreza WRX.  The all new MINI Countryman outpoints second place Kia Sportage by 78 rating points.  MINI’s bold head-turning styling, combined with premium design cues and efficient, though small, packages yield an impressive score in AutoPacific’s Ideal Vehicle Award research.


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Audi – Ideal Premium Brand in AutoPacific Research

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AutoPacific’s Ideal Vehicle Award (IVA) for Premium Brands recognizes the brand whose vehicles best hits the targets 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.

For 2012, Audi achieves the top ratings from its owners outpointing second place premium brand Porsche by 15 rating points.  Audi’s A4, A5 and A6 swept the top three places in the Aspirational Luxury Car category.  The Q7 and Q5 were second place in their crossover SUV categories.  Audi’s design DNA, attention to detail and finesse all contributed to this impressive win.


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Audi A4 – Most Ideal Aspirational Luxury Car

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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.

Audi Sweeps Category for IVA Win: The 2012 Audi A4 comes closest to the ideal of any Aspirational Luxury Car.  In fact, each Audi entry in this class was at the top – A4, A5 and A6.  The A4 is 51 rating points higher than the A5 coupe and 64 points higher than the A6.  Having eighty-percent or more of owners rating a characteristic ideal is outstanding.  Getting a score of ninety-percent is even more impressive.  Ninety-percent or more of A4 owners rate these characteristics ideal:  exterior size, interior lighting, wheels and tires, driver’s seat comfort, ride and handling.  Eighty-percent or more of A4 owners find these additional characteristics ideal:  driver’s seat visibility, cargo space, exterior styling and safety features.

A Few Shortfalls – Power, Package, Infotainment: A quarter of A4 owners want more power and acceleration – only a few would trade off power and acceleration for more gas mileage.  The A4 is a personal-sized sport sedan.  This means tight seating for some and about 23% of A4 owners would like more passenger room than they have in the 2012 model.  About 21% would like the A4 to be easier to get into and out of.  While exterior styling is ideal for 81% of owners, the other 19% want more daring styling.  About 22% of Audi A4 owners want more or better infotainment technology

You can find an Autobytel review of this IVA award winner at  http://www.autobytel.com/auto-news/awards/consumer-s-ideal-cars-revealed-in-2012-iva-awards-112116/

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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Dodge Charger – AutoPacific’s Most Ideal Large Car

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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.

Charger Edges Out Platform-Mate Chrysler 300 for IVA Win: The 2012 Dodge Charger comes closest to the ideal of any Large Car.  The Charger is 31 rating points higher than the second place Large Car – the Chrysler 300 – its platform-mate.  Having eighty-percent or more of owners rating a characteristic ideal is outstanding.  Getting a score of ninety-percent is even more impressive.  Ninety-percent or more of Charger owners rate these characteristics ideal:  exterior size, passenger roominess, cargo space, ride and handling and ease of getting in and out.  These also are primary reasons a person buys a Large Car.  Eighty-percent or more of Charger owners find these additional characteristics ideal:  interior lighting, driver’s seat comfort, tires, interior storage compartments and safety features.

A Few Shortfalls – Many Could Have Been Corrected by Selecting Available Options: Charger is an expressively styled car, but about 21% of the owners want even more daring styling than it now has.  Hand-in-hand with this expressive styling comes somewhat restricted visibility.  About 21% of the owners would like better driver’s seat visibility.  Over 30% of the owners want more distinctive wheels than they now have.  Over 30% of the owners want more/better infotainment/entertainment technology.  Of course, with the broad span of the Charger’s lineup, owners could have optioned up to more distinctive wheels and the uConnect information system.  About 27% of Charger owners want more power and acceleration – clearly, they did not opt for the HEMI V8.

You can find an Autobytel review of this IVA award winner at  http://www.autobytel.com/auto-news/awards/consumer-s-ideal-cars-revealed-in-2012-iva-awards-112116/

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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Acura TSX – AutoPacific’s Most Ideal Luxury Mid-Size Car

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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.

TSX Outpoints Lincoln MKZ for IVA Win: The 2012 Acura TSX comes closest to the ideal of any Luxury Mid-Size Car.  The TSX is 29 rating points higher than the second place Luxury Mid-Size Car – the Lincoln MKZ.  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 TSX owners rate these characteristics ideal:  exterior size, driver’s seat comfort, tires, and safety features.  Eighty-percent or more of TSX owners find these additional characteristics ideal:  interior lighting, exterior styling, wheels, ride and handling, interior storage compartments.

A Few Shortfalls – Some Could Have Been Corrected by Selecting Available Options: The TSX is derived from Honda’s European Accord so it is a bit smaller than the North American Accord.  About 30% of TSX owners want more passenger roominess.  About 22% want more power and acceleration – a want that could have been satisfied by opting for the 3.5L V6 engine.   About 15% of the owners want more infotainment/entertainment technology, but 12% would give up available technology for better ease of use.

You can find an Autobytel review of this IVA award winner at  http://www.autobytel.com/auto-news/awards/consumer-s-ideal-cars-revealed-in-2012-iva-awards-112116/

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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Subaru Legacy – AutoPacific’s Most Ideal 2012 Mid-Size Car

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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.

Subaru Legacy Dominates Dodge Avenger in IVA Win: The all-new 2012 Subaru Legacy comes closest to the ideal of any Mid-Size Car.  The Legacy dominates the second place Dodge Avenger by 51 rating points to win 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 Legacy owners rate exterior size and passenger roominess ideal.  Eighty-percent or more of Legacy owners find these additional characteristics ideal:  interior lighting, driver’s seat visibility, cargo space, wheels and tires, driver’s seat comfort, ride and handling, ease of getting in and out, interior storage compartments and safety features.

The Subaru Legacy also was Best In Class in AutoPacific’s 2012 Vehicle Satisfaction Award research.

A Few Shortfalls – Selecting the 6-Cylinder Option Would Offset Desire for More Power and Acceleration, but at a Cost. About 29% of Legacy owners want more power and acceleration.  Only 6% would trade off power and acceleration for better fuel economy.  Owners could have opted for the Boxer 6-cylinder engine that yields 83 more horsepower than the 173HP Boxer 4 that is standard equipment.  This would have sacrificed 6 miles per gallon in city driving and lowest cost 6-cylinder would be about $5,100 more than the base 4-cylinder.   About 32% of Legacy owners want more infotainment technology in their car.  About 22% of Legacy owners want more daring styling than now.  While the conservatively styled Legacy is handsome, it does not turn heads.  Pushing the styling envelope in the next generation Legacy would yield benefits in future IVA results.

You can find an Autobytel review of this IVA award winner at  http://www.autobytel.com/auto-news/awards/consumer-s-ideal-cars-revealed-in-2012-iva-awards-112116/

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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VW Passat – AutoPacific’s 2012 Ideal Vehicle Award Winner

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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.

Passat Edges Out Kia Optima for IVA Win: The all-new 2012 Volkswagen Passat comes closest to the ideal of any Premium Mid-Size Car.  The Passat edges out the Kia Optima by six points to win 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 Passat owners rate these characteristics ideal:  exterior size, passenger roominess and cargo space.  Each of these is a size- or space-related attribute showing that Volkswagen aimed the Passat directly at the sweet spot Americans love – lots of space.  Eighty-percent or more of Passat owners find these additional characteristics ideal:  interior lighting, wheels, driver’s seat comfort, ride and handling, power and acceleration and safety features.

The Volkswagen Passat also was Best In Class in AutoPacific’s 2012 Vehicle Satisfaction Award research.

A Few Shortfalls – Some Could Have Been Corrected by Selecting Available Options: About 32% want more or better infotainment and entertainment technology.  About 30% want the Passat to be easier to get into and out of.  About 30% want more interior storage compartments than now.  About 26% want more daring exterior styling than the Passat presently has.  About 26% want more power and acceleration.  While the visibility from the Passat is pretty good, 21% of its owners want better driver’s seat visibility.

You can find an Autobytel review of this IVA award winner at  http://www.autobytel.com/auto-news/awards/consumer-s-ideal-cars-revealed-in-2012-iva-awards-112116/

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 Cooper – AutoPacific’s Most Ideal 2012 Premium Compact Car

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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 Dominates Subaru Impreza WRX for IVA Win: The 2012 MINI Cooper comes closest to the ideal of any Premium Compact Car.  The MINI dominates the second place Subaru Impreza WRX by 62 rating points to win 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 MINI owners rate exterior size, interior lighting, exterior styling and ride and handling ideal.  Eighty-percent or more of MINI owners find these additional characteristics ideal:  wheels, driver’s seat comfort, power and acceleration, ease of getting in and out and safety features.

A Few Shortfalls – Most are Related to Size and Style, but Infotainment can be Improved. MINI owners chose one of the smallest cars on the market when selecting their car, but 30% want more cargo space and 26% want more passenger roominess.  About 33% want more interior storage compartments.  About 28% want better driver’s seat visibility than now.  About 28% of MINI owner want more infotainment technology in their car.

You can find an Autobytel review of this IVA award winner at  http://www.autobytel.com/auto-news/awards/consumer-s-ideal-cars-revealed-in-2012-iva-awards-112116/

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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VW Golf – Wins AutoPacific’s Ideal Vehicle Award for Compact Cars

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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.

Golf Edges Kia Forte for IVA Win: The 2012 Volkswagen Golf comes closest to the ideal of any Compact Car.  The Golf edges out the second place Kia Forte by 21 rating points to win this highly competitive 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 Golf owners rate exterior size, interior lighting, passenger roominess, exterior styling, driver’s seat comfort, ride and handling and safety features ideal.  Eighty-percent or more of Golf owners find these additional characteristics ideal:  cargo space, wheels and tires.

A Few Shortfalls – Most are Related to Size and Style, but Infotainment can be Improved. About 35% of Golf owners want the car to be easier to get into and out of.  Going hand-in-hand with ingress/egress, about 26% of the owners want better driver’s seat visibility.  This may be due to the Golf’s high mix of 3-door hatchbacks that have a longer door, tougher rear seat access and a thick C-Pillar restricting visibility.  About 32% want more interior storage compartments.  While 20% want better infotainment technology, about 12% want the technology in the car to be easier to use.

You can find an Autobytel review of this IVA award winner at  http://www.autobytel.com/auto-news/awards/consumer-s-ideal-cars-revealed-in-2012-iva-awards-112116/

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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