February 12, 2014 |
After years of improving car reliability, automakers have shifted into reverse while attempting to exact better fuel economy and add in-dash technology, J.D. Power & Associates reported in its 2014 U.S. Vehicle Dependability Study. Owners of 3-year-old vehicles reported more problems than in the same study from the prior year, the automotive research firm said Wednesday. It was the first increase in problems reported since 1998. The slip in quality might be the first sign in a trend toward declining reliability in cars, according to the firm, whose research identified transmissions and infotainment systems as key trouble spots.
February 6, 2014 |
Subaru, a brand known for its all-wheel-drive, crunchy, love-centric ad campaigns and turbocharged engines, also wants to be known as a sedan company. It made this much clear during Thursday's 2014 Chicago Auto Show when it unveiled its all-new 2015 Legacy. Why? Sedans sell. Most mainstream brands sell more of their respective midsize sedans than anything else on the lot, and therefore take the segment very seriously. This kind of competition has made it hard for a smaller company like Subaru to keep up. PHOTOS: 2015 Subaru Legacy unveiled in Chicago The outgoing Legacy was a well-conceived car but never made it onto many shoppers' lists: In 2013 the Toyota Camry outsold this midsize Subaru by nearly 10 to one. Subaru hopes this 2015 Legacy will change that.
January 17, 2014 |
Mustang versus Camaro. BMW versus Mercedes. Camry versus Accord. These are among the biggest rivalries in the automobile world. Get ready for the next epic battle: aluminum versus steel. "This has become a real competition," said Golam Newaz, an automotive materials engineer at Wayne State University in Detroit. The growing contest between the two metals was evident in the new car introductions at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit this week. Automakers are looking ahead to the stringent federal standard requiring a near-doubling of fuel economy by 2025.
January 4, 2014 |
Walk blindfolded into a Nissan dealership and you'll soon bump into a vehicle with a CVT. Twelve models come with this new type of transmission. No other brand has so thoroughly embraced the technology. Honda sells four vehicles with such a setup; Toyota has one. So it's with a bit of irony that, after a week of testing the all-new Rogue crossover, our biggest headache came from - yes, the CVT. For all the development Nissan has put into the gearbox, it apparently still can't figure out how to build one that drives well.
December 26, 2013 |
Volkswagen Group of America will easily clear sales of 100,000 diesel vehicles in the U.S. this year, marking a milestone for both the German carmaker and the auto industry. Although diesel engines date back to the dawn of the automotive age, it's a technology that American consumers have never taken to. Credit their memory of an older generation of smelly, smoky and hesitant diesel cars. But by building a generation of fuel-efficient, clean and quiet turbo diesels with lots of zip, and making a diesel an engine option in almost every vehicle VW and its luxury Audi brand sell here, the German company has become a pioneer for the technology.
December 23, 2013 |
Hyundai Motor America and Kia Motors America, the U.S. sales arms of the sibling South Korean automakers, said Monday they have reached a settlement in class-action litigation over inflating the fuel economy claims for their vehicles. Hyundai will offer the owners of the models with the inflated ratings a lump sum payment that will average $353. The payment varies depending on whether the vehicle was purchased or leased. Kia's average payment will be $667. Owners can also decline the offer and stay on a previous plan initiated by the automakers last year.