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Apr/02 - Hyundai's Genesis luxury brand could face growing pain
Four months ago, Hyundai announced plans to split off Genesis as a separate luxury brand. Hyundai has not, however, decided when they will have stand-alone dealerships for this new brand and plans to keep the current strategy of selling Genesis models is separate areas of Hyundai dealerships. AutoPacific's Dave Sullivan shares his thoughts on this plan.
Mar/31 - Are smart cars only as good as the roads they're driving on?
Autonomous cars rely on sensors to read lines on the road, which means navigating less than pristine markings can be tough. And in some ways people are still smarter than machines. Like when it comes to recognizing a pothole might be coming up on a bumpy stretch of road. AutoPacific's Ed Kim talks about human intuition and the challenges self-driving cars face in cities lacking defined lane markers.
Mar/10 - Pirelli Overtakes Top Spot in AutoPacific Replacement Tire Satisfaction Awards
Tire brands Pirelli and Michelin have held the top two spots in AutoPacific’s Replacement Tire Owner Satisfaction Awards since the company’s first study was published five years ago, with Michelin ranking 1st and Pirelli 2nd. According to the results of the latest installment of AutoPacific’s annual Replacement Tire Brand Dynamics and Satisfaction Study, the rankings are now reversed, with Pirelli taking the top spot.
Feb/29 - Nissan Upgrades Mid-Size Vehicles Mid-Cycle
Nissan’s luxury brand, Infiniti, is upgrading its two mid-size entries in the middle of their product cycle. AutoPacific's George Peterson says this is not unusual these days as carmakers attempt to keep up with new technologies and keep fresh products available to their buyers. Read what they're changing here.
Feb/05 - “Trucks” to Continue to Outsell Cars – XSUV Segment
AutoPacific forecasts that trucks, including XSUVs, will be about 60% of the market for the foreseeable future. In fact, reading the crystal ball for the next five years, this percentage of the mix may be low. George Peterson talks about why this is predicted to happen.