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Apr/20 - GM, Ford look to the past for Chinese concept cars
AutoPacific's Dave Sullivan shares his thoughts on the recently unveiled Buick Riviera and Ford Escort concepts at the Auto Shanghai 2013 show. For the Escort, Sullivan says it's highly unlikely the U.S. will see the Escort concept, but elements from the car could make their way to the states if they play well in China. The Riviera could provide an idea of the direction for some design cues for the brand.
Apr/08 - U.S. taxpayers could wind up with Fisker assets
As struggling automaker Fisker Automotive laid off most of its workers, analysts said the move likely signals the death of the company. AutoPacific's Dave Sullivan commented, "The race is over for them now...Expect the assets to be sold for pennies on the dollar."
Mar/27 - Jeep Takes Radical New Turn with Cherokee
The Jeep Cherokee is back! But will its new, more aerodynamic design keep buyers away? Jeep announced on Wednesday at the New York Auto Show the new 2014 Jeep Cherokee, replacing the Liberty. AutoPacific's Dave Sullivan thinks the drastic redesign will cost Jeep some loyalists. "This is not an edgy brand. It's all about the off-road design and capability."
Mar/27 - Kia compact coupe, hatchback go turbo
Kia just revealed its hot Forte coupe at the New York auto show, following on the heels of the hatchback introduction at the Chicago show in February. AutoPacific research shows that small, turbocharged sporty cars are among those most favored by young car buyers. Could these new Forte versions be young consumer favorites?
Feb/24 - Family car demand grows behind better deals, fuel economy
Nearly one in six new cars sold in 2012 came from "family cars," a large part due to six redesigns for 2012 or 2013: Toyota Camry, Chevrolet Malibu, Ford Fusion, Honda Accord, Nissan Altima and Volkswagen Passat. According to AutoPacific's Ed Kim, "All things being equal, the American consumer will tend to go for the largest vehicle they can get into. So when a "family car" is getting highway fuel economy that's well into the 30s or high 30s, there's no reason to downsize.