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Jul/24 - Test Drive: Ford's Fusion offers mainstream consumers a taste of semi-autonomous functions Test Drive: Ford's Fusion offers mainstream consumers a taste of semi-autonomous functions
It could be years, maybe even decades, before you regularly catch rides in a completely self-driving car. But semi-autonomous features are making their way into mainstream vehicles. Some midrange cars will automatically brake if they sense an imminent collision or steer back into a freeway lane if the driver allows them to drift. "We're definitely in a state right now where we're starting to see these features become more common in mainstream cars," said AutoPacific's Ed Kim.

Jul/22 - Musk’s Master Plan Misses the Mark on Tesla Profitability, Investors Say Musk’s Master Plan Misses the Mark on Tesla Profitability, Investors Say
Auto analysts and Wall Street investors responded largely with skepticism to Musk’s "Master Plan" announcement on Wednesday. The statement was a bit vague and unclear on the automaker’s strategy to become profitable, critics say. AutoPacific's Dave Sullivan said, "The main thing that was missing was any type of commitment to shareholder return or to actually become profitable. If you have shareholders, you have an obligation to them. … There was no discussion on how to become profitable.”

Jul/21 - AutoPacific Announces 2016 Ideal Vehicle Awards AutoPacific Announces 2016 Ideal Vehicle Awards
Automotive research and consulting firm AutoPacific, Inc. today announced the 2016 Ideal Vehicle Awards (IVA), recognizing vehicles that best meet their owner’s expectations and desires. Tesla takes top brand from Porsche after 3 years; Volvo XC70 is the highest scoring vehicle; Subaru sweeps 3 segments.

Jul/05 - Fatal crash of Tesla Model S in autopilot mode leads to investigation by federal officials Fatal crash of Tesla Model S in autopilot mode leads to investigation by federal officials
Following Tesla's announcement that federal regulators opened a preliminary probe into the autopilot feature on a Tesla Model S after a fatal crash involving the technology, AutoPacific's George Peterson shared his comments on autopilot technology issues and the crash's potential impact on Tesla customers. "Tesla seems to be a Teflon company,” he said. “...there’s a huge group of Tesla fans out there. I don’t think it’ll put them off – I think it’ll make them more cautious when they’re using autopilot.”

Jun/08 - AutoPacific Announces 2016 Vehicle Satisfaction Awards AutoPacific Announces 2016 Vehicle Satisfaction Awards
AutoPacific today announced its 20th annual Vehicle Satisfaction Awards (VSAs), identifying the most satisfying vehicles in the market. An industry benchmark for measuring how satisfied an owner is with his/her new vehicle, VSAs are based on survey responses from over 65,000 owners of new 2015 and 2016 model year cars and light trucks.