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J.D. Power names most appealing vehicles of 2013 – Part 1
A dozen cars and 11 other vehicles (CUV/SUVs, trucks and vans) have been named named awardees of the J.D. Power APEAL study for 2013, which seeks to identify the industry’s most appealing vehicles based on purchaser and lessee feedback. The Volkswagen Group had the greatest success of any corporation, topping the APEAL rankings with five awardees, the Audi Allroad, Porsche Boxster, Porsche Cayenne, VW GTI and Passat, according to the J.D. Power results. Chevrolet had the highest number of awards for a single brand, though, with the Avalanche, Sonic and Volt each taking home… Read More

What are the top-selling new cars, trucks and SUVs of 2013?
The 2013 new car model year is nearing its end.   You can tell by the increasing number of TV advertisements for sales on current models, pending the arrival of most 2014 models through the beginning of the year. (See our previous survey of “The Hottest” 2014 models here.) For those consumers seeking a new car (2013 version), we found lists of the most popular vehicles – cars, trucks, SUVs – based on unit sales during the first half of the year. Whether you swim with or against the current, these compilations can… Read More

Consumer Reports ratings: 2014 Chevrolet Impala rises to top
With a phoenix-like turnaround, the revamped 2014 Chevrolet Impala has changed the landscape of Consumer Reports ratings by earning the top spot overall for all sedans — and taking a position that has been held by Japanese and European models for at least the last 20 years. The redesigned Chrysler 300, Ford Escape and Fusion, and Jeep Grand Cherokee also were cited by CR. The Impala has gone from the bottom of its class in Consumer Reports ratings, with a mediocre test score of 63 — too low to be CR “Recommended” — to… Read More

U.S. automakers on road to strongest new car sales since July 2006
U.S. automakers should record their strongest July retail sales of new cars and trucks in eight years, said a forecast by Edmunds.com, a source of car shopping and automotive information. Edmunds.com predicts sales of more than 1.3 million new cars and trucks by end of July. The projected sales will be a 5.3 percent decrease from June 2013, but a 15.2 percent increase from July 2012, according to Edmunds.com. The website anticipates that this month will be the biggest July performance since 2006, when automakers sold 1,489,359 vehicles. “Overall sales are undoubtedly… Read More

Spotting the ‘hottest,’ ‘most anticipated’ new cars for 2014 – Part 2
If you read our blog yesterday, you undoubtedly are on pins and needles waiting to see the five additional cars in Part 2. (If you didn’t read it, you can go back here to catch up.) We referenced eight online compilations of the “hottest,” “most anticipated,” “most significant” vehicles for 2014, providing links to the five most useful lists. Yesterday’s list comprised the BMW i3;Cadillac ELR; Chevrolet Impala, Silverado and Corvette Stingray, and the Ford B-Max. These, along with the five below, have excited the imaginations of industry-watchers. While the lists aren’t all the same, about a dozen vehicles rate mentions… Read More

Spotting the ‘hottest,’ ‘most anticipated’ new cars for 2014 – Part 1
The “hottest” new cars for 2014, Forbes.com proclaimed. Automedia.com and Zimbio.com and others list their “most anticipated” vehicles; Autotrader.com offers its 15 “most significant new cars,” and Car and Driver names “25 cars worth waiting for.” No matter how you characterize them, some new cars and trucks coming for 2014 from late this summer through the beginning of the year excite the imaginations of industry-watchers. And while the lists aren’t all the same, about a dozen vehicles rate mentions on two or more compilations. Those are the cars and trucks on which we focused when we went looking the top… Read More

Surge in leases shifting new car market, says Edmunds.com
A surge in car leases is helping to boost the popularity of new cars, reports Edmunds.com, a premier resource for car shopping and automotive information. New cars account for about 29 percent of all sales through May of 2013, according to an Edmunds.com analysis of vehicle registrations from Polk. That puts the year on pace to top last year’s rate of 27.6 percent, the highest penetration of new cars in at least five years. Helping to drive this trend toward new cars is a sustained push in leasing. Edmunds.com found that 25 percent of new cars sold this year were… Read More

Buying a new vehicle? Go for silver, ‘techno-gray’ or white
If you’re seeking a new vehicle to replace your current car, you probably will want to consider purchasing something in a nice silver or silver-gray, maybe white, according to Kelley Blue Book. The KBB.com report is based on an annual color popularity study conducted by DuPont Automotive. The top three overall colors for new vehicles are silver (23 percent), white (15 percent) and black (12 percent), and silver was the favorite color for every category except SUVs, minivans and light trucks, which represents just over half the new vehicle market. In the SUVs,… Read More

Positive signs for Chrysler Capital, auto finance industry
Two months after launching Chrysler Capital, signs are that the financial services provider focused on Chrysler Group dealers and customers is off to a strong start in an industry rebounding from a years-long recession. Between its debut and mid-June, Chrysler Capital wrote about 21 percent of consumer loan and lease originations at Chrysler Group's 2,500 dealerships in the United States, the most of any lender. Chrysler Capital, now Chrysler's preferred finance provider, gives the automaker’s dealerships a stronger lineup of loan choices for car shoppers, and that is showing in the results already. “I consider that pretty strong right out… Read More

What to know about green cars, other vehicles as more hit American roads [Infographic]
When green cars, SUVs and trucks hit the road, everyone seems to notice. More and more – total vehicle numbers and models – are doing just that. About one in 250 vehicles now on the road are so-called green vehicles – green cars, SUVs and trucks – that is, not standard gasoline-engine vehicles, according to Grist news and the U.S. Department of Transportation. Considering the segment growth, we thought it would be fun and informative to take a graphic look at green vehicles and their still small, but increasing influence on American motorists and driving. The accompanying infographic, “Green with… Read More