Based on the results of the 2014 APEAL Study, the following models receive an award for ranking at the top of their respective vehicle segments.
Automakers are increasingly incorporating modern safety, entertainment, and information technologies into their latest vehicles, but the functionality and usability of such systems is limiting their contribution to overall owner satisfaction with new and redesigned vehicles.
During the past week, automakers recalled a grand total of approximately 1,660,000 vehicles--the majority from General Motors--for a variety of reasons. Most of the recalls concern air bag deployment.
The results of the J.D. Power 2014 Automotive Performance, Execution, and Layout (APEAL) StudySM are scheduled for release on July 23, 2014, and will reveal the top-ranked models for overall vehicle appeal in 23 different vehicle categories.
At a presentation to journalists, Ford Motor Company confirmed that the redesigned 2015 Mustang will be more powerful in EcoBoost and GT format, but the next-generation pony car has also gained weight.
Mercedes-Benz has officially announced that the 2015 S-Class Coupe model range, which replaces the previous CL-Class model in the automaker's lineup, will be offered with a flagship S65 AMG variant equipped with a twin-turbocharged, 6.0-liter V-12 engine good for 621 horsepower and 738 lb.-ft. of torque.
Volkswagen has announced that it will spend $600 million and create 2,000 jobs in the Chattanooga, Tennessee, area as it prepares to launch a new midsize, 7-passenger crossover SUV.
During the past week, General Motors expanded its ignition switch recall to include an additional 6.7 million older vehicles. Chrysler also announced a significant recall of more than 650,000 vehicles for a lamp wiring issue.
One year after Hyundai made significant updates to its popular compact sedan, the 2015 Elantra arrives with numerous refinements intended to make the car even more appealing to consumers.
Dodge is touting its all-new 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat as not only the most powerful Challenger in history, but the most powerful of any muscle car to date.