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Friday, July 15, 2016

J.D. Power Automotive Recap

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Consumer Advisory: J.D. Power to Release
2016 U.S. Automotive Performance, Execution and Layout (APEAL) Study Results on July 27

PowerSteering: 2017 Kia Sportage Review

The latest Sportage is absolutely worthy of consideration, and while fuel economy remains unimpressive, everything else about this Kia is improved for the better. Find out what else we learned about the all-new Sportage crossover SUV...

2016 U.S. Auto Insurance Study

Large U.S. auto insurers drag industrywide customer satisfaction down due to price perception, according to the recently released J.D. Power 2016 U.S. Auto Insurance Study.SM

Buyer's Guides and New Car Previews

Top-Rated Family Cars in the 2016 Initial Quality Study

In this 2016 Family Cars buyer's guide, we highlight the top-rated models in the 2016 U.S. IQS, those vehicles earning a Power Circle Rating of 4 or 5 out of a possible 5 for initial quality during the first 90 days of ownership.

2017 Nissan Pathfinder Preview

For the 2017 model year, Nissan gives its 3-row, 7-passenger midsize SUV a freshening. As a result, the 2017 Pathfinder is more appealing than the model it replaces.

Car Articles, News, Tips and Advice

Non-Premium Brands, Led by Kia, Outperform in 2016 Initial Quality Study

Not only does new-vehicle initial quality improve by 6 percentage points this year, but for the first time in a decade, non-premium brands, led by Kia, outperform premium nameplates, according to the J.D. Power 2016 U.S. Initial Quality StudySM (IQS).

Recall Roundup: Toyota Motor Recalls Prius, Lexus CT Hybrids over Air Bag Inflator Concerns

During the past week, several automakers issued recalls of light vehicles, including model years as far back as 2001. The largest recall comes from Toyota Motor Corp., involving 482,002 Toyota and Lexus vehicles.

IIHS Critical of Passenger-Side Crash Protection in Some Vehicles

Some vehicles that have received a "Good" overall rating in the tough small overlap front crash test performed by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) may not provide the same level of safety for front-seat passengers as they do for drivers.

5 Fast Facts: 2016 Chevrolet Silverado HD

The heavy-duty version of the SilveradoChevrolet's full-size pickup truck, comes in 2500HD or 3500HD capacities. For 2016, Chevy has introduced technological upgrades to the integrated cruise control, powertrain grade braking, and diesel exhaust braking.


Volkswagen Submits Settlement for U.S. Diesel Owners; Sets Aside Clean Air Funds

Germany's Volkswagen AG recently presented settlement agreements in U.S. District Court in San Francisco that will fund buybacks and early lease terminations, apply approved fixes, and provide cash payments to owners of some 475,000 VWand Audi vehicles in the United States equipped with 2.0-liter diesel engines.

June Auto Sales Led by a Boost in Demand for Trucks

New-car sales in the United States are showing signs of losing steam in the second half of 2016, according to J.D. Power and auto forecasting partner LMC Automotive.

Safety and MPG

Small SUV Headlights Fail to Impress in IIHS Test

Out of the 21 small SUVs tested by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), none earns a "Good" rating (the Institute's highest) in this year's headlight evaluations.

Auto-Related Fatalities Up, Says NHTSA

Preliminary data released recently by the U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT) National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reveal that motor traffic deaths rose by 7.7% in 2015, compared with 2014 (35,200 deaths vs. 32,675).

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