AutoPacific News

AutoPacific experts regularly contribute to publications such as Automotive News, Forbes, NBC News, AutoWeek, USA Today, and more. Here you will find articles with AutoPacific contribution as well as AutoPacific-issued news and press releases.

 
 
 AutoPacific Contributor: Dave Sullivan

AutoPacific Contributor: Dave Sullivan

Nissan, Renault Merger? Japanese, French Automakers Reportedly Discuss Deal

March 29, 2018

Japanese automaker Nissan and French automaker Renault are reportedly weighing a deal to fully merge after years of close cooperation and ownership ties. The deal may be necessary to help them afford the increasing costs to develop future technologies, such as electric cars and self-driving vehicles. "The future looks bleak for the small players left without bigger partners," said AutoPacific's Dave Sullivan. "Nissan and Renault really need to move past the engagement and get married in order to force the kind of changes they need to make to take on Volkswagen and Toyota."

 AutoPacific Contributor: George Peterson. 

AutoPacific Contributor: George Peterson. 

2018 Hyundai Kona Enters Insanely Competitive Small Crossover Market

March 22, 2018

AutoPacific's George Peterson had fun driving Hyundai's new Kona small crossover SUV on the Kona coast of Hawaii in March. The Kona wades into the fray of an insanely competitive segment that has 45 small XSUVs on sale now. Hyundai is a bit late to the game with this XSUV, but better late than never. Watch for an even smaller XSUV from Hyundai next year, as well as a larger, 3 row, 7 passenger XSUV.

 AutoPacific Contributor: Ed Kim

AutoPacific Contributor: Ed Kim

Uber Spent $10.7 Billion, Still No Profits

March 7, 2018

AutoPacific's Ed Kim sat down with CNN to discuss Uber's spending and future financial success. How does Uber, at this point in its lifespan, make money and why are people willing to be patient with Uber? "I don't know that there's a short term path to making money," says Kim. "There's the long-term vision of Uber which is revolutionizing transportation partly through autonomous vehicles, but all that stuff is still years away...autonomous cars are really key to Uber turning a profit." Watch Ed's full interview here: http://www.snappytv.com/tc/7334869

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AUTOPACIFIC FORECASTS 16.9 MILLION U.S. LIGHT VEHICLE SALES IN 2018 AS AUTO SALES RETURN TO 'NORMAL'

February 22, 2018

Automotive consulting firm AutoPacific today officially announced its forecast for 2018 U.S. light vehicle sales. Down approximately 300,000 units from 2017 sales, AutoPacific forecasts 2018 will see 16.9 million units sold. “As the market continues to return to ‘normal’ after years of pent-up demand and economic recovery, a steady decline in auto sales is expected,” explains Ed Kim, AutoPacific Vice President of Industry Analysis.

 AutoPacific Contribute: Dave Sullivan

AutoPacific Contribute: Dave Sullivan

GM continues to cut fat with South Korean Plant Closure

February 13, 2018

AutoPacific's Dave Sullivan shares his thoughts on General Motors' closure of an under-performing plant in Gunsan, South Korea. “There appears to be no part of the business that is safe from the microscope,” said Sullivan. “If you’re working at GM and your part of the business isn’t contributing to the company, you can be sure someone is noticing.” Sullivan also notes the difficulty of reducing capacity in Korea due to strained labor relations: “It’s certainly a bold move for GM that sends a clear message that things have to change if plants are going to survive there.”

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Michelin Top Brand, Uniroyal, Yokohama and Nitto Surge Upward in AutoPacific’s 2017 Replacement Tire Owner Satisfaction Awards

January 16, 2018

Tire brands Michelin and Pirelli returned to the top two spots in AutoPacific's 2017 Replacement Tire Owner Satisfaction Awards, after being edged out by Goodyear and Bridgestone last year. The study, now in its 7th year, identifies the most satisfying replacement tire brands using owner ratings for 17 different tire attributes. Uniroyal (+8), Yokohama (+8) and Nitto (+5) had the biggest improvement in rankings compared to 2016, while GT Radial (-6), Nexen (-6) and Continental (-6) shared the biggest drop.

 AutoPacific Contributor: Ed Kim

AutoPacific Contributor: Ed Kim

Who's Driving? No One!

January 7, 2018

It's not a matter of if, but when. AutoPacific's Ed Kim talks driverless cars, from the coming years to the coming decades, in an interview with CNN. "We're going to start seeing a lot of autonomous tech in the coming years," says Kim. "By early next decade we'll have several automakers doing pilot programs." A few decades from now Mr. Kim also envisions a consumer movement from private auto ownership to autonomous ride-hailing cars. Click here to watch the complete interview.

 AutoPacific Contributor: George Peterson

AutoPacific Contributor: George Peterson

Tesla announces Model 3 is delayed - again

January 3, 2018

Palo Alto electric car maker Tesla claimed “major progress” in resolving production bottlenecks for the Model 3, but added another three-month delay to its production target for the car. AutoPacific President George Peterson comments on the delay. “It’s Tesla normal — they’ve had a history of delays,” said Peterson. "Tesla needs to avoid having too many new Model 3 owners acting as beta testers for the car. They need to have all the bugs worked out that they can before they put it on the market."

 AutoPacific Contributor: Dave Sullivan

AutoPacific Contributor: Dave Sullivan

Could Airbags Save Pedestrians? GM Patents Idea.

December 29, 2017

General Motors has received a patent for an airbag on the outside of vehicles designed to "provide protection to a pedestrian." AutoPacific's Dave Sullivan comments on this new development: "GM is looking at the big picture. The company has made a big deal about some of their small cars having 10 airbags to prove they're safer, and break the stereotype of small cars not being safe. GM continues to implement airbag technology in ways we haven't seen from other automakers."

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Toyota and General Motors Lead in 2017 Motorist Choice Awards

September 27, 2017

Automotive industry research firms IntelliChoice and AutoPacific today announced the winners of the 2017 Motorist Choice Awards. Toyota and General Motors lead; Subaru scores big wins in the important mid-size car and crossover SUV segments. MCA's recognize vehicles that deliver the compelling combination of high consumer satisfaction and lower-than-expected ownership costs.

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AutoPacific Study Finds More Than Half of Vehicle Owners Think Self-Driving Cars are a "Good Idea"

September 12, 2017

A recently released study by AutoPaciific found 54% of vehicle owners think self-driving vehicles are a "good idea" and 23% are interested in owning one. According to the study, consumers who reject autonomous vehicles do so mainly because they are uncomfortable not being in control of the vehicle and have concerns over reliability.

 AutoPacific Contributor: George Peterson

AutoPacific Contributor: George Peterson

atomization: sales per new vehicle nameplate will drop

August 3, 2017

AutoPacific president, George Peterson discusses atomization and the challenges automakers will face with increased nameplates on the market. AutoPacific is forecasting 16,200,000 sales in 2022, but there are 377 nameplates. In an even industry, this would amount to 42,971 sales per nameplate. But...this isn't an evenly distributed industry... 

 AutoPacific Contributor: Dave Sullivan

AutoPacific Contributor: Dave Sullivan

deals get sweet and buyers sour on cars in July

August 1, 2017

July auto sales fell 7% from a year earlier, paving the way for deals on small and mid-size cars as automakers automakers try to clear out excess inventory. AutoPacific's Dave Sullivan says "consumers are going to start to see better incentives, lower financing, possibly more zero-percent-interest rates, more cash on the hood to move these vehicles. You’re not necessarily going to find significant sums of cash to move crossovers right now."

 AutoPacific Contributor: Dave Sullivan

AutoPacific Contributor: Dave Sullivan

elon musk warns of "manufacturing hell" for model 3

August 1, 2017

Tesla CEO Elon Musk warned that his company could face a half-year of “manufacturing hell” trying to ramp up production of the new Model 3 battery-electric sedan. With a history of falling short of expectations, uneven quality, and Model S issues, AutoPacific's Dave Sullivan explains, "Owners of the more expensive Models S and X are generally more willing to tolerate problems because they have other vehicles they can drive while their Tesla is in the shop. Model 3 owners are likely to have only the Tesla to drive, so any quality issues could pose a serious headache."

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AutoPacific announces 2017 vehicle satisfaction awards

June 6, 2017

AutoPacific announces its 21st annual Vehicle Satisfaction Awards. Lincoln is the most satisfying premium brand, regaining leadership from Tesla and nosing out domestic luxury competitor Cadillac. The newcomer Genesis brand from Hyundai ranks third - close behind Lincoln and Cadillac. GMC is the top ranked popular brand, retaking the lead from 2016’s top popular brand, Kia.