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Lincoln tops customer satisfaction study

Lincoln tops customer satisfaction study

Lincoln topped the American Customer Satisfaction Index which evaluates auto brands, among other goods. Honda and BMW followed in second and third. The average customer satisfaction for all new car brands improved 3.8 per cent to 82 on a 100-point scale. Customers were particularly satisfied with performance, dependability and exterior […]

 
 

Car shoppers want shorter lease terms

Car shoppers want shorter lease terms

Most car shoppers are interested in shorter vehicle-lease terms, according to a U.S. survey by Swapalease. This growing interest increases the chances it will eventually be part of what’s offered at a dealership, says Scot Hall, a vice-president of the company. “Consumers now are conditioned to tie larger investments in […]

 
 

Consumers interested in safety technology

Consumers interested in safety technology

Consumers are most interested in technology aimed toward safety, like rear camera mirrors, collision avoidance and blind-spot detection systems. Other preferred technology includes connectivity, comfort and convenience, driver assistance and fuel efficiency. “Consumers are becoming more interested in advanced auto technologies and are increasingly factoring these technologies into their purchasing […]

 
 

Automakers could be forced to sell EVs

Automakers could be forced to sell EVs

A study by the World Energy Council predicts that 16 per cent of all cars sold in 2020 will have to be electric to meet fuel emissions standards. The Council recommends incentive programs as a way to generate more electric-car sales. By 2020, the U.S., China and Europe will all […]

 
 

Full stops not guaranteed with automatic braking

Full stops not guaranteed with automatic braking

Automatic braking systems are not guaranteed to bring cars to a full stop, according to tests conducted by AAA. “Two-thirds of Americans believe that these systems are designed to avoid crashes without driver intervention. The reality is that today’s systems vary greatly in performance, and many are not designed to […]

 
 

Automakers will become transportation providers

Automakers will become transportation providers

Ex auto executive Bob Lutz claims that the auto industry will be dead in 20 years, meaning that companies will shift from building and selling cars to become transportation providers. As a result, many manufacturers will consolidate their operations until there are only four or five carmakers. Despite his predictions, […]

 
 

Toyota on track to record hybrid sales

Toyota on track to record hybrid sales

Toyota is on track to global record sales of 1.4 million hybrid vehicles in 2016. The automaker reported a 17 per cent increase in its hybrid sales during the first six months of the year, with 708,998 units. New entries, including the RAV4 Hybrid in North America and Europe, the […]

 
 

Volvo, Uber team up on autonomous cars

Volvo, Uber team up on autonomous cars

Volvo will collaborate with Uber to develop and produce autonomous vehicles. Both companies will put in a combined $300-million on a program that is expected to have prototype cars on the road by the end of the year. Uber has already established an autonomous development centre in Pittsburg near Carnegie […]

 
 

South Korean carmakers urged to invest in technologies

South Korean carmakers urged to invest in technologies

South Korea is pushing its domestic automakers to invest aggressively in future technologies, such as eco-friendly and autonomous vehicles, in a bid to overcome the downturn in sales they face in emerging markets. “The paradigm in the global auto industry is shifting rapidly since China has emerged as a leading […]

 
 

BAIC to tap old Mercedes platform

BAIC to tap old Mercedes platform

Chinese BAIC will develop vehicles using an old Mercedes-Benz E-class platform. The first one, a midsize sedan, should hit the domestic market in 2018. The company will also launch an SUV and a multipurpose vehicle developed on the same platform. The sedans and SUVs will be marketed under BAIC’s Senova […]