More U.S. consumers had a taste for new premium autos--especially for luxury SUVs and crossovers--in the first 6 months of 2015, compared with the same period a year ago, according to new-car sales data collected by J.D. Power and LMC Automotive.
Almost two-thirds of new-vehicle buyers in the United States indicate that it should take no more than two hours to complete a vehicle purchase from the time they walk into the dealer showroom.
During the past week, Chrysler issued four recalls, affecting a total of just over 3,270,000 vehicles from model years 2011 through 2015. The largest recall affects a wide range of cars, trucks, and SUVs that have software problems in their radios that make them vulnerable to hackers.
Automakers are turning to bold images, videos, interactive content, and descriptive text to tell engaging stories about vehicle models on their websites, as they steer away from using dense text and static shots, according to the J.D. Power 2015 Manufacturer Website Evaluation StudySM--Summer.
July is anticipated to be another robust sales month for the U.S. auto industry with a likely 3% increase in total sales (retail and fleet) from July 2014, according to a monthly sales forecast update from J.D. Power and LMC Automotive.
Honda has introduced a refreshed 2016 Accord, which will be among the first high-volume models to support both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration technology when it arrives at dealerships this August.
This week, Ford said it will introduce the upscale 2016 F-150 Limited pickup, making it Ford's most luxurious truck to date.
New-vehicle buyers and lessees were more delighted with the performance and design of their new cars, trucks, SUVs, and vans during the first 90 days of ownership this year than in 2014, according to the J.D. Power 2015 U.S. Automotive Performance, Execution and Layout (APEAL) Study.SM
During the past week, various automakers issued recalls, affecting approximately 330,000 vehicles in all. Honda and Hyundai issued the largest recalls, accounting for more than two-thirds of the total.
This fall, Buick is adding new spirit to its small Encore SUV range by introducing a 2016 Encore Sport Touring variant with sporty design cues and a peppier 1.4-liter, turbocharged 4-cylinder engine.