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No surprise: luxury owners more likely to let autonomous cars do the driving
No surprise: luxury owners more likely to let autonomous cars do the driving

How excited are you about self-driving cars? According to one new study, your feelings about tomorrow's autonomous vehicles may depend on what you drive today. The study was conducted by research firm MaritzCX, which spent much of the summer asking 12,353 vehicle owners to share their feelings...Read More»

Teen driver
Chevrolet study reveals driving--not sex or drugs--worries parents most

Once upon a time, America's youth were in trouble--or so ABC wanted us to believe. From 1972 to 1997, the network's Afterschool Special series tackled a range of problems plaguing young people, including discrimination, disabilities, drinking, dating, drugs, death, and the 1970's scariest "D-word"...Read More»

American Customer Satisfaction Index (August 2016)
Lincoln, Honda, Toyota, BMW are tops in customer satisfaction (Acura, VW not so much)

Over the past few years, car owners have become increasingly dissatisfied with their vehicles. But a new study from the American Customer Satisfaction Index suggests that for most automakers, consumer sentiment has made a turn for the better. ACSI's 2016 Automobile Report polled 3,776 auto...Read More»

Texting in traffic (by Flickr user Mo Riza)
Would you buy a car on your smartphone? Many Americans would

Love them or hate them, there's no denying that smartphones make life easier for many of us. Need a ride? Book it on Uber. Want to skip the line at the cinema? Open an app and grab some quick tickets. Shocked to see that your beloved new videogame costs $60 in the big box store? Haul out your...Read More»

Gas Gauge
Study: Nearly 4 out of 5 American support higher fuel economy rules

For the past month or so, the Environmental Protection Agency has been making headlines over its proposal to lower the fuel economy standards it had set for 2025. The EPA won't sign off on any changes to its plan until 2018, though, and in the meantime, at least one group is pushing it to...Read More»

Frame from 'Benefits of Price Competition' video, by National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA)
Survey: nearly 2/3 of American consumers think auto dealerships are unethical

This may come as a shock, but many people think that car salespeople are dishonest. A recent Gallup poll ranked nurses, pharmacists, and doctors among the most-trusted professions, but car salespeople landed at the bottom of the list, tied with telemarketers and members of Congress. Only lobbyists...Read More»

Tesla Autopilot sensor system
Tesla Autopilot crash didn't dramatically change opinions about autonomous cars

On May 7, 2016, the driver of a Tesla Model S was killed while the car was in Autopilot mode. The story has drawn massive headlines, as it's the first fatality linked to autonomous vehicle technology--technology that's set to become increasingly common on new cars. Many wondered if reports of the...Read More»

2017 Kia Sorento
Kia tops JD Power's initial quality survey for 2016

Kia jumped Porsche to take the top spot in JD Power's Initial Quality Survey, the research group announced Wednesday. It was the first time the Korean automaker took the top spot, and ends a 27-year drought for non-luxury brands at the top of the list. The report rates initial quality through a...Read More»

Volvo Drive Me autonomous car pilot project in Gothenburg, Sweden
Study: Drivers growing more afraid of autonomous cars

The world is full of ironies big and small. For example: Most of the planet is covered in water that we can't drink; Many people prefer dogs to politicians, but euthanizing politicians remains illegal in most states; and of course, Autonomous cars are the Next Big Thing, but people don't seem to...Read More»

Apple CarPlay On Ford's SYNC3
Technology More Important Than Car Color For 77% Of Shoppers

Over the past decade and a half, much of the world has changed the way that it consumes media. We download music in seconds, rather than visiting record shops. We use gadgets like Roku and apps like Sling instead of keeping pricey cable TV subscriptions. And most of us emptied our gloveboxes of...Read More»

2015 CarMD Vehicle Health Index
Study: Toyota Corolla Is Most Reliable Car In America, But Fords Are Cheaper To Repair

December means many things to many people. Chief among them: holiday meals, shopping for gifts, and socializing with family members and co-workers you'd ordinarily never speak to. December also means that it's time for year-end wrap-ups. CarMD has just published one that should be of interest to...Read More»

2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Convertible, shot by Dan Wang
Porsche, Mercedes-Benz, Chevrolet Produce The Best-Loved Cars In America

How much do you love your car? Could you put a number on that? Market research firm Strategic Vision posed similar questions to thousands of car owners across the U.S., and their answers reveal the best-loved cars in the country. ALSO SEE: 2016 Volkswagen Beetle Dune, Denim Models Go Vintage Smart...Read More»

I-95/395 reversible HOV lanes, located in the middle of the freeway (pic by Mariordo at Wikimedia)
How Do You Encourage People To Buy Hybrids & EVs? Offer HOV Lane Access

Not so long ago, many analysts and eco-advocates were bemoaning the slow adoption of hybrids and electric cars. The sales stats just didn't make sense: consumers prioritized fuel economy, prices of hybrids in particular had become very competitive, and most folks agreed that cutting emissions was...Read More»

AutoNation infographic on first cars, based on Instagram posts (detail)
What Was Your First Car? We're Guessing A Ford Mustang Or A Honda Civic.

The auto industry is worried about Millennials. Study after study, survey after survey has shown that the 18-to-35 demographic doesn't care as much about cars as their parents and grandparents did. But that doesn't mean that Millennials aren't buying vehicles at all. Many are, and they're happy to...Read More»

Volkswagen iBeetle and iBeetle Cabriolet
J.D. Power: Drivers Ignore High-Tech Car Features, Don't Want Apple CarPlay Or Android Auto

This week, J.D. Power released its 2015 Driver Interactive Vehicle Experience (DrIVE) Report, which reveals that motorists often don't use or appreciate the high-tech features in their new cars. The results should be a wake-up call to automakers around the globe. Heck, even Apple and Google should...Read More»

ACSI Automobiles Report 2015
Survey: Lexus Is Tops In Customer Satisfaction, Fiat Brings Up The Rear

Every few days, it seems like there's another survey about automobiles and how satisfied (or dissatisfied) we are with them. This week's study was carried out by American Customer Satisfaction Index, and it's called the ACSI Automobile Report 2015. ALSO SEE: GM's Ignition Switch Findings: 124...Read More»

Google's Self-Driving Prius
Study: People Don't Want Autonomous Cars To Do All The Driving

By now, everyone seems to understand that autonomous cars are the way of the future. Self-driving vehicles promise to reduce the number of automobile accidents on our roads, keep traffic humming along, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. ALSO SEE: Another Study Agrees: Autonomous Cars Will...Read More»

2015 Pied Piper Prospect Satisfaction Index
Mercedes-Benz Is Tops In Shopper Satisfaction, But Tesla? Not So Much [UPDATED]

Updated with info from Pied Piper regarding Tesla. See below. Today's auto market is a tough one for consumers. There are loads of great cars on the lots, and the differences between those from Toyota, Ford, Volkswagen, and most other mass-market automakers are disappearing. ALSO SEE: Toyota RAV4...Read More»

Zipcar
Who Uses Zipcar? Baby Boomers, That's Who

Some of you may have spent your long, Memorial Day weekend with friends and family. Others may have used the extra off-time to squeeze in a few overdue errands. And in either case, if you live in a large city, there's a chance you called on the services of Zipcar. We tend to think of car-sharing as...Read More»

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