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LA Auto Show Shifts Gears but Maintains High-Tech Focus

Autonomous, connected-car tech vie for attention with green machines.

by on Nov.20, 2015

The L.A. Auto Show carved out a niche on the circuit as the showcase event for green technologies. However, that's changing to all auto technologies.

When it lifted the covers off its new Clarity Fuel-Cell Vehicle this week, Honda carried on a long-running L.A. Auto Show tradition of focusing on green automotive technology.

But where hybrids, plug-ins, battery-electric and hydrogen vehicles have dominated the annual Tinseltown event for much of the last two decades, environmentally friendly vehicles have had to share the stage this year. The 2015 show, in fact, opened with a day-long symposium on connected car technology, and much of the buzz during the media preview surrounded autonomous vehicles.

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The L.A. Auto Show “has evolved from a single technology – environmental technology – to a broader range of technologies,” said American Honda Executive Vice President John Mendel. (more…)

What Vehicle is Most Expensive? Compact? SUV?

Biggest costs for new vehicle comes from using it.

by on Mar.25, 2014

AAA figured out what it costs, per mile, to operate a variety of vehicles.

When it comes to buying a new vehicle, many folks are shopping by price. However, it’s not only the monthly payment that buyers should consider, but also the operating costs because often they’re what has owners digging deeper into their pockets for more money on a regular basis.

The 2013 AAA Your Driving Costs report shows that if you drive a typical family sedan, such as a Ford Fusion, it’ll cost you more than $9,000 to operate that car for one year. Have a big SUV? Make it $11,600 per year.

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The study takes into account a variety of factors such as fuel costs, insurance costs, depreciation and other expenses. Fuel costs were based on $3.486 per gallon, the late-2012 U.S. price from AAA’s Fuel Gauge Report. Fuel mileage is based on Environmental Protection Agency fuel-economy ratings weighted 60% city and 40% highway driving. (more…)

2013 Ushers in Massive Wave of Product Launches

“A good harbinger” for consumers and automakers alike.

by on May.21, 2012

The new 2013 Nissan Altima - shown rolling off the assembly line - is one in a record wave of new product offerings to come.

With products ranging from the next-generation Chevrolet Silverado pickup to an all-new Infiniti electric vehicle, the U.S. auto industry will see a potentially record flood of new products roll into dealer showrooms by 2016.

According to the new “Car Wars” study by Merrill Lynch the assault will hit its peak in the 2014 and 2015 model-years when manufacturers are planning to introduce 105 new cars, trucks and crossovers.

The fast and furious roll-out will challenge makers that can’t keep up the pace, with Merrill Lynch analyst John Murphy forecasting that Ford, General Motors and Toyota likely will emerge the winners of the battle, the three picking up significant new market share.

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Somewhat surprisingly, Murphy predicted that Korea’s two makers, Hyundai and Kia, will lose momentum, reversing recent record share gains.

The product assault “is a good harbinger for the industry at large,” said Murphy in a media conference call.

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2013 Ushers in Massive Wave of Product Launches

“A good harbinger” for consumers and automakers alike.

by on May.21, 2012

The new 2013 Nissan Altima - shown rolling off the assembly line - is one in a record wave of new product offerings to come.

With products ranging from the next-generation Chevrolet Silverado pickup to an all-new Infiniti electric vehicle, the U.S. auto industry will see a potentially record flood of new products roll into dealer showrooms by 2016.

According to the new “Car Wars” study by Merrill Lynch the assault will hit its peak in the 2014 and 2015 model-years when manufacturers are planning to introduce 105 new cars, trucks and crossovers.

The fast and furious roll-out will challenge makers that can’t keep up the pace, with Merrill Lynch analyst John Murphy forecasting that Ford, General Motors and Toyota likely will emerge the winners of the battle, the three picking up significant new market share.

Breaking News!

Somewhat surprisingly, Murphy predicted that Korea’s two makers, Hyundai and Kia, will lose momentum, reversing recent record share gains.

The product assault “is a good harbinger for the industry at large,” said Murphy in a media conference call.

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