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J.D. Power Study Show Consumers Interested In Safety Tech, Gen Y to Spend More On Tech

Apr 24 2015 07:05 AM | Industry News
The past few years in the automotive industry has seen an explosion in technologies - whether its dealing improving the overall safety of a vehicle or figuring out a way to hook up your smartphone. Some of the tech makes the driving experience better, while others don't.

So what do consumers think about the new technologies coming into vehicles? J.D. Power decided to find out. In their 2015 US Tech Choice Study, the company asked 5,300 consumers who either bought or leased a new vehicle within the past five years about the technologies that are being put in vehicles. Their results are interesting to say in the least.

For example, safety tech is a big item for consumers. 40 percent of those surveyed expressed interes...

FCA, Ford Throw Their Hats Into The Mail Truck Bidding

Apr 18 2015 02:15 PM | Industry News
The U.S. Postal Service are looking for new delivery trucks to replace the current fleet - some which are around 20 years old. The Detroit News reports that there are 15 companies that range from military, mass-transit, specialized transportation, and two automakers. Those two automakers are Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and Ford.

Now building a vehicle for the U.S. Postal Service isn't as easy as you might think. Here the requirements the vehicle must meet:Last at least 20 yearsCarry a minimum payload of 1,500 poundsPass safety and emissions requirementsShare similar design characteristics of the current vehicle“We are seeking a larger vehicle that will enable our employees to work safely and efficiently while standing inside of...

California and Automakers Try To Figure Out A Way To Meet ZEV Rules

Mar 30 2015 07:15 AM | Industry News
California is one of most stringent states when it comes emissions in vehicles. Case in point is a law that says an estimated 15 percent of vehicles sold in the state must be a zero emission vehicle (ZEV). But this law has created a rift between regulators and automakers. Regulators want automakers to build ZEVs, but automakers worry that if customers aren't willing to buy them, they'll need to offer big incentives.

Four automakers - Ford, General Motors, Honda, and Toyota have issued a complaint to the California Air Resources Board (CARB) asking them to rewrite the formula to allow more credit for plug-in hybrid models. They argue these models address range anxiety with EVs at the moment and are more likely to be accepted by...

Delphi Takes An Autonomous Cross-Country Road Trip

Mar 16 2015 03:45 PM | William Maley in Industry News

Delphi Automotive is undertaking an ambitious cross-country road trip. The supplier announced that it will be taking an Audi SQ5 fitted with the latest self-driving tech on a trip from San Francisco to New York City. The trip will begin on March 22nd...

Consumer Reports Announces Their Latest Automotive Report Card

Feb 24 2015 03:25 PM | William Maley in Industry News

It's that time of year when Consumer Reports announces the results of their brand report cards and for the most part, the results aren't surprising. The top ten were mostly dominated by Japanese automakers with Lexus being on top, followed by Mazda and...

Used Car Prices Expected To Fall In 2015

Feb 09 2015 11:35 AM | William Maley in Industry News

If you are considering buying a used car this year, then we have some good news for you. A new vehicle depreciation report from used car value service, Black Book and Fitch Ratings Inc., says that 2015 will see used car values depreciate 14.5 percent....

NHTSA Needs More Staff, Senate Undecided On Whether To Do It

Feb 06 2015 11:35 AM | William Maley in Industry News

2014 will go down as the year as the recall, but also the year where many glaring issues of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration were made evident - mostly due to the GM ignition switch mess. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx told rep...



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