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Tell Us How Gas Prices Affect Your Vehicle-Purchase Decision

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Drivers paid around one dollar more per gallon at the gas pumps this past July compared to the same month in 2010. Surprisingly, however, nearly the same number of drivers planned to purchase SUVs, pickups and V8 engines both years, proving that car buyers have become immune to the spikes in fuel prices when it comes to their vehicle-purchase decisions. In addition, nearly one in ten surveyed planned to modify their current vehicles with aftermarket parts hoping to attain increases in fuel economy.

Now is your chance to weigh in on the issue by taking the latest September 2011 Fuel Prices survey available to VehicleVoice panelists. Simply click here, or login using the email address for which you created your account, click the “Go to Surveys” button, and follow the “Fuel Prices” link to take the survey.


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VehicleVoice#42 – Lower Fuel Prices and the SEMA Show

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Welcome to VehicleVoice – Episode #42

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This week, our VehicleVoice audio podcast host David Barrett sits down with AutoPacific’s Vice President and Senior Consultant Jim Hossack for a conversation about one of the funnest auto shows on the circuit, SEMA, and a recent article on CNN.com that points to the short term memory loss of the American car buyer.

Recently, American automobile sales showed that October had a big jump in larger vehicle sales. What! Now that fuel is back under $3.00 a gallon, have Americans completely forgotten how much gas a Yukon, or an H2 or a Navigator guzzles? Are we that myopic?! Well, on the surface, that’s what the sales figures say, but as consumer expert Jim Hossack tells us, those figures can be misleading.

Also on tap this week, Jim and David chat about the week spent in Las Vegas at the SEMA show – the wildest after-market auto parts show a car nut can happily attend.

Show Runtime – 15:04

Show Rundown
01:01 Ford’s inability to hold on to good talent – Still.
02:45 New Sales Figures – Big gas-guzzling engines are again on the American car buyer’s shopping list.
05:13 SEMA – How many wheel makers are there, anyway?!


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Let's Talk Cars: AutoPacific 2006 Vehicle Satisfaction Awards, and a Fuel Price Discussion

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Welcome to “Let’s Talk Cars”

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This week on Let’s Talk Cars, the results are in! One of the autmotive industry’s most coveted awards, the AutoPacific Vehicle Satisfaction Awards, have been announced. So VehicleVoice contributor David Barrett sits down with AutoPacific president and founder Geroge Peterson, for the first in a series of conversations about the comprehensive consumer survey that led to the awards. You’ll not only find out the winners of each vehicle class, but you’ll also find out what was so completely surprising about this year’s results. The first podcast concerns overall winners of the Vehicle Satisfaction Awards and award-winning cars. In future installments we will discuss award-winning trucks, brand winners and which product segments yield the most satisfying vehicles.
Also this week, a conversation about fuel prices and why Americans should stop their whining. Well, not really. We are whiners, but Barrett and Peterson are joined by AutoPacific Vice President and Senior Consultant Jim Hossack for a lively discussion about why fuel price relief is not around the corner.
Show Rundown
01:24 Vehicle Satisfaction Awards – The Winners Are! – VehicleVoice contributor David Barrett and AutoPacific president and founder, George Peterson introduce award winners
13:36 Americans’ Reaction to Fuel Prices – VehicleVoice contributor David Barrett engages AutoPacific Vice President and Senior Consultant Jim Hossack and AutoPacific president and founder, George Peterson about rising fuel costs


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Let's Talk Cars: The Cost of Fuel & Chrysler – One-Trick Pony?

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In this edition, we talk with VehicleVoice contributor Jim Hossack about the current state of fuel pricing, the impact it is having on American drivers, and the results of a recent VehicleVoice survey on fuel. We will also talk with noted automobile expert Jim Hall on the state of affairs at Chrysler. Is Chrysler on the way back with innovative new cars, following on the success of the Chrysler 300 and the new Dodge Charger – or, is Chrysler a one-trick Pony?


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Consumer Panic Subsides With Declining Fuel Prices

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Since reaching a peak in September, the price of gasoline in the United States continued to decline through mid-December and drivers are reacting to these moderating fuel prices. The December 2005 Fuel Price Impact Survey conducted by AutoPacific’s (http://www.autopacific.com) VehicleVoice (http://www.vehiclevoice.com) confirms that many consumers are paying less for gasoline but are still very aware of the long term effects of gasoline priced above $2 per gallon. The Fuel Price Impact Survey is based on the results of a VehicleVoice Internet survey with 1,122 respondents who completed the survey between December 13 and December 19, 2005.

Actual fuel price continue downward since September peak

In the last month the median price respondents say they paid for fuel has declined by about 11¢ per gallon (to $2.22) following a dramatic 50¢ per gallon decrease in November. The median price they expect to pay one year from now has decreased by another 8¢ per gallon to $2.45.
Shift away from SUVs now moderating
Many drivers reconsider the types of vehicles they are driving when fuel prices spike higher. Drivers of sport utility vehicles represent about 25% of the total car market today. In September, when fuel prices peaked, about 27% of SUV drivers indicated they would consider shifting the type of vehicle they drive to something more fuel efficient. The vehicle segments most likely to benefit from this migration are Mid-Size Cars and Small Cars both up 25%. While the data do not show a direct relationship of drivers moving from SUVs to more fuel efficient cars, there is a clear tendency for drivers to consider moving from less fuel-efficient segments to vehicle types that get better gas mileage.
Drivers considering shift to hybrids, but 6-cylinders remain “sweet spot”
About 18% of drivers having vehicles powered by V8 engines say they will shift to more fuel-efficient engines, down from 25% in September. But 27% of drivers of vehicles with gas-sipping 4-cylinder engines also say they will consider changing. The transition for both is towards 6-cylinder engines and hybrids. Hybrid-powered vehicles will be considered by 12% of the respondents, down slightly from the 15% peak in the October survey. This is a reaction to the continuing positive media attention surrounding hybrid-powered vehicles and the public’s perception that hybrids are an answer to higher fuel prices. There is also somewhat more interest in diesel engines, though significantly less than the level of interest in a gas-electric hybrid.
High fuel price still seen as BAD for America!
The culprits identified by the respondents as contributing to high fuel prices remain Big Oil Companies, OPEC, Natural Disasters and Limited Refining Capacity. When asked whether high fuel prices are good or bad for America, 73% say that high fuel prices are “bad for America”, down from 80% in the September survey. In the land where roads have been paved by unlimited cheap gas, attitudes are that conservation stimulated by higher gasoline prices is not the popular way to go. Higher fuel prices might actually encourage conservation, reduce pollution and provide the Middle East with less money to use against American interests, but respondents don’t see it that way, and vote their pocketbook.


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