Wednesday, July 27, 2016

How 7 Newly Styled/Brand New (2016) Vehicles Rated In J. D. Power Latest 90-Day Quality Study

Honda Civic
Base MSRP:19,475
Overall 90-Day Quality Score: 2 out of 5 stars
(The results were based on the 4-door sedan. The coupe just hit dealerships this year.)

Volvo XC90
Base MSRP:$50,795
Overall 90-Day Quality Score: 2 out of 5 stars

Audi TT
Base MSRP:$43,825
Overall 90-Day Quality Score: 5 out of 5 stars

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

2016 Audi TT Coupe: An Innovative Groundbreaking Vehicle




Highlight: The vehicle offers an optional in-vehicle hot spot system.
 
Test Vehicle’s MSRP: $48,725 (base AWD model $43,825)

Seating Capacity: 2

Standard Safety Features: airbags; ABS; automatic rearview mirror; automated windshield wipers and headlights; automatic headlights; a headlight washing system; LED turn light indicators; heated exterior mirrors; an electronic stability control system; and a tire pressure monitoring system; and a hill hold assist system

Standard Equipment: 18-inch wheels; an all-wheel drive system; a clutchless automatic transmission; a manually operated tilt/telescopic steering wheel; an automatic climate control system; leather/Alcantara power front seats; storage drawer under front passenger seat; a speed-activated rear spoiler; dual exhaust outlets; and Xenon headlights with LED running lights

Monday, July 25, 2016

Its Recall Mondays: Chevy Is Recalling 290,000 Impalas


AUTOMAKER: General Motors LLC
SUMMARY:

General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain model year 2009-2010 Chevrolet Impala vehicles manufactured April 25, 2008 through February 16, 2010. The front passenger seat frame may contact and damage the wires of the passenger presence sensor module.
CONSEQUENCE:

If the wires are damaged, the passenger presence sensory system may fail to recognize that the passenger seat is occupied, disabling the air bag. Damage may also cause the air bag fuse to short resulting in a loss of all air bags and seat belt pretensions. Both conditions increase the risk of injury during a crash.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Despite "Car Mortgages" Increasing By 20% In 5 Years, Consumers Are Trading Out Of Them Earlier


A new study from TransUnion found that even as the term of new auto loans has increased (also know as "Car Mortgages"), the duration of time a consumer remained in these loans has declined.

The study found that the average term for new auto loans rose from 62 months in 2010 to 67 months in 2015. In the third quarter of 2015, 70 percent of new auto loans had terms longer than 60 months. Ironically in 2010, only 50 percent of all loans had terms longer than 60 months.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Car Designer Martin Davis Reflects On What It Meant To Work Under GM's First Black Car Designer


Lighting Design Manager Martin Davis is holding the taillights of one of the many vehicles he's responsible for designing.


For our one-year anniversary show, honoring pioneer designer Ed Welburn, who spent 44 years as a designer of General Motors, we reached out to a few individuals who were mentored by the trendsetter. Welburn was the highest ranking black auto executive, before he retired on July 1. To find out more about Welburn and our radio interview, which airs Saturdays this month, click here.


What has it meant to have Ed Welburn as your design leader?

Friday, July 15, 2016

Highest Ranking Black Female Car Designer Reflects On What It Meant To Work Under Pioneer Designer Ed Welburn

Crystal Windham currently serves as director of design for Cadillac interiors. Windham is the first black female to hold the title and the highest ranking black female in the auto industry.  
For our one-year anniversary show, honoring pioneer designer Ed Welburn, who spent 44 years as a designer of General Motors, we reached out to a few individuals who were mentored by the trendsetter. Welburn was the highest ranking black auto executive in the industry before his retirement on July 1. To find out more about Welburn and our radio interview, which airs Saturdays this month, click here.


What has it meant to have Ed Welburn as your design leader?

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Latest IIHS Study: Most Small Crossovers Perform Poorly On Headlight Study


Not a single small SUV out of 21 tested earns a good rating in the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's headlight evaluations, and only four are available with acceptable-rated headlights.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

2016 Cadillac CT6 Premium Luxury AWD: Could This Be The Brand’s Much-Needed Seville From The Early 80s?



Highlight: A plug-in hybrid is on the way for the 2017 model year.

Test Vehicle’s MSRP: $77,340 (Base model $54,490)

Seating Capacity: 5

Standard Safety Features: air bags; ABS; Daytime Running Lights; a front and rear park assist system; a road emergency tool kits; an automatic vehicle hold system; a compact spare tire; and a rearview camera




Monday, July 11, 2016

Its Recall Mondays: Toyota And Lexus Are In The Hot Seat


MANUFACTURER: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing
NO OF IMPACTED CUSTOMERS: 482,002
SUMMARY:
Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing (Toyota) is recalling certain model year 2010-2012 Toyota Prius, 2010 and 2012 Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid, and 2011-2012 Lexus CT200h vehicles. A weld in the curtain shield air bag inflator may crack causing one or both portions of the inflator to eject into the passenger cabin.