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SUVs and Crossovers Pass Sedans In Sales

Jul 19 2014 12:15 PM | Industry News
Congratulations America. It seems we now buy more SUVs and crossovers than sedans according to a new study from IHS Automotive. Through May of 2014, IHS says that SUVs and CUVs account for 36.5 percent of new car registrations, compared to the 35.4 percent of registrations for sedans. This is a reversal from five years ago where sedans stood at 36.3 percent of registrations, compared to the 31.4 percent for SUVs and crossovers.

“It’s not that sedans have become unpopular. It’s just that CUVs have really grown. They drive like cars, but they have higher positioning, the option for four-wheel drive and better fuel economy. There’s more space for seating. It’s easy to see why they’ve taken off in popularity,” said Tom Libby, anal...

EPA Wants Manufacturers To Test MPG Claims In The Real World

Jul 16 2014 09:00 AM | Industry News
After a number of automakers having to revise their fuel economy estimates, the Environmental Protection Agency is proposing that automakers run their vehicles in the real world to see if their estimates hold any water.

"Some auto makers already do this, but we are establishing a regulatory requirement for all auto makers," said Chris Grundler, director of the EPA's Office of Transportation and Air Quality.

The EPA's proposal would have automakers run their vehicles on a test track to measure air-resistance and rolling friction. At the moment, most automakers use computer models to generate this data. But if the wrong data is put in, it could cause mileage numbers to inflate, such was the case with Ford in their mos...

GAC's Appearance In Transformers 4 Could Mean Vehicles Coming To The U.S.

Jun 30 2014 03:05 PM | Industry News
If you happen to plan on seeing Transformers 4 at the theater, you should pay close attention to the scenes in China as some of those vehicles could be making their way to the U.S.

Guangzhou Automobile Group Co Ltd. (GAC) which has some of their Trumpchi vehicles in the film is planning on sending them to the U.S. as early as next year.

"Our sponsorship of Transformers 4 will help more overseas dealers and consumers know about our cars and over the long run it will greatly contribute to our branding. We want to start exporting to the U.S. as quickly as possible and I am confident that they will find our Trumpchi cars competitive," said Wu Song, chief of the Trumpchi brand.

The first model destined for the...

Average Age Of A Vehicle Stands At 11.4 Years

Jun 10 2014 08:25 AM | William Maley in Industry News

A new report from IHS Automotive says the average age of a vehicle on the road stands at 11.4 years, the same age as last year. This is change from the past few years where the age was climbing steadily.    "In our history of tracking, we hav...

IHS Automotive Says Electric Cars Catching On Faster Than Hybrids

May 16 2014 08:10 AM | William Maley in Industry News

While many still think electric vehicles are a niche, a new study from IHS Automotive suggests that EVs are actually catching on more quickly than hybrids when they were first introduced.   The study looked at the cumulative global sales...

Study Ranks General Motors As The Worst To Deal With By Suppliers

May 14 2014 07:35 AM | William Maley in Industry News

A new study finds that General Motors is dead last when it comes to relationships with suppliers. Automotive consultant group Planning Perspectives Inc (PPI), released the results of their annual study which asks the biggest suppliers to rate the...

Transportation Secretary Wants To Increase The Max Fine On Untimelyness

Apr 30 2014 07:45 AM | William Maley in Industry News

Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx wants to increase the maximum fine for automakers who fail to recall vehicles in a timely fashion from the current $35 million fine to a much more painful $300 million fine. The increase is part of a new transporta...