June 19

J.D. Power’s 2014 Initial Quality Findings Released

J.D. Power released its Initial Quality Study today, which indicates the number of problems reported per 100 new vehicles. The industry average climbed 3% to 116 problems reported within the first 90 days of ownership. They also rank the top three models in each segment, which can be seen below.

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2015 Silverado/Sierra 1500’s Can Tow 12,000 Pounds with a V8

General Motors said in a recent press release that next year’s half-tons will be rated at 12,000 pounds with the 6.2 L V8, according to the new SAE J2807 Recommended Practices. This ups the standard set by the 2014 model by 500 pounds.

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June 18

The Return of the RX-8

Mazda has confirmed to AutoExpress that they are developing a new sports car with a rotary engine to succeed the RX-7 and RX-8, set to launch in 2017. Mazda stated that they will look to slash weight where it can so the outcome would probably be similar to the RX-7 that we loved rather than the larger RX-8.

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NICB’s List of Most Stolen SUVs in America

According to the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB), the most stolen SUVs between Jan. 1, 2010 and Dec. 31, 2013 are:

  • Ford Escape: 1,421
  • Ford Edge: 1,140
  • Ford Explorer: 958
  • Jeep Grand Cherokee: 912 
  • Kia Sorento: 725
  • Chevrolet Traverse: 720 
  • Nissan Rogue:  695
  • Honda CR-V: 688
  • Toyota RAV4: 665
  • Chevrolet Equinox: 648 

 

June 17

Chevrolet is doing Small Cars Right

According to Automotive News, Chevrolet is outselling Ford, Honda, Hyundai, and even Toyota in the subcompact car segment. The vehicles responsible for this success are the Spark and Sonic; sales for these two models are up 28% and 8% percent year-over-year, respectively.  The reasons for this success include design, style and available features and technologies. This chart illustrates some of the segments’ buyer demographics.

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June 16

1971 Plymouth Hemi Cuda Breaks Records at Auction

This past weekend at Mecum Auctions in Seattle, an original 1971 Hemi Cuda Convertible 426 4-speed sold for $3,500,000. It was one of two four-speeds that was delivered to the United States.

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