Mid-Cycle Freshening of the 2018 Acura TLX substantially improves the appearance of the car and improves its competitiveness. Under the skin, TLX is basically the same, but the latest driver assistance safety features have been added.
Mazda is developing its vehicles to compete against luxury brands. This Mazda Premium strategy will ultimately improve Mazda's image with dealers and consumers. Well done, Mazda Premium products should achieve higher profits per vehicle.
In Jeep's quest for 2 million Jeeps globally, the brand is adding the all-new 2017 Jeep Compass. Produced in four assembly plants globally, Jeep clearly has high expectations for the Compass. At the same time, there is a dance occurring among FCA's American assembly plants to maximize Jeep capacity and allow additional new Jeep products like the Wagoneer line and Wrangler pickup to be added.
The Chevrolet Bolt EV is a compelling all-electric crossover vehicle with a 238-mile range. That range pretty much eliminates range anxiety for a majority of its drivers. The powerful 200-horsepower, 266 lb-ft of torque powerpack delivers acceleration worthy of a turbocharged small car. The Bolt EV is the real deal.
Ford is updating its iconic sporty coupe giving us a more aggressive Mustang for 2018. In industry parlance this could be termed a "front and rear six" meaning the front and rear six inches of the car has been changed. The 2018 change is a bit more than that. The front end is the main contributor to the more aggressive Mustang look. The standard LED headlamps flank a redesigned grille which has a new sporty texture. The front fenders, front fascia, and hood are all new. In the rear end, the taillamp graphics are tweaked a bit, not so you'd notice.
There are many surveys of vehicle owner satisfaction each year. This article compares the results from the newly released Consumer Reports Owner Satisfaction Survey with the results of AutoPacific's Vehicle Satisfaction Research
The 2017 Lincoln Continental replaces the slow-selling and lackluster Lincoln MKZ in Lincoln's lineup. The new car should substantially improve the satisfaction of its buyers and be much more competitive in the luxury car arena.
AutoPacific fielded a survey in February 2016 in its VehicleVoice survey panel to predict the winner of the 2016 Presidential election. Contrary to the prevailing opinion, Donald Trump out-pointed Hillary Clinton by a comfortable margin in the then-full field of candidates.
The all-new 2017 Honda CR-V is a substantial improvement over the already excellent 2016 CR-V. Looking very similar, the CR-V has been transformed under the skin with better spaciousness, better ride and handling and better performance. Given these changes, CR-V should remain the highest volume Mid-Size Crossover SUV.