April 2014

Toyota, Ford dispute world's best-selling car — Is it Corolla or Focus?

 (April 16, 2014) Toyota has announced that its Corolla is the best selling nameplate in the world citing the company’s internal data based on individual vehicle sales reporting from its distributors. Earlier this month, Ford claimed its Focus was the world's top seller in 2013.
 
The 5 percent year-over-year increase confirms the Corolla’s perennial popularity among loyal customers in approximately 150 countries and regions around the world, Toyota maintained in a press release.

Infiniti's global growth plans gather momentum

(April 16, 2014) NEW YORK — Infiniti is a brand on the move. Since establishing its global headquarters in Hong Kong and inaugurating Infiniti Motor Company Limited, Infiniti has taken decisive steps to strengthen its brand presence and globalize its business over the last 18 months.

The relocation to Hong Kong means Infiniti is strategically placed for growth in emerging luxury markets such as China while remaining closely connected to the west.

Honda safety campaign emphasizes dangers of texting and driving

(April 19, 2014) TORRANCE, Calif. —Honda is initiating a new social media program aligned with April's Distracted Driving Awareness Month to call attention to the dangers of texting while driving.

In support of this first-ever National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) initiative, Honda is launching the "Thumbs Up" (#ThumbsUp) social media campaign to reach young drivers by utilizing the emoticons that are essential to millennial texting, along with a video that illustrates the importance of safe driving.

Kelley Blue Book's '10 Best Used Cars Under $8,000'

(April 14, 2014) IRVINE, Calif. — Shoppers in the market for an affordable used car can see the models recommended most in the 10 Best Used Cars Under $8,000 by the editors at Kelley Blue Book. Taking the top spot on this annual list for 2014 is the 2007 Honda Civic.

Six simple car care tips to increase gas mileage

(April 11, 2014) BETHESDA, Md. — Spring is here and so are rising gas prices. Not to worry, says the Car Care Council. A few simple and inexpensive vehicle maintenance steps can stretch your dollar at the pump and go a long way toward protecting the environment.

WardsAuto names its 10 Best automobile interiors

(April 11, 2014) Massaging seats, bold new applications of ambient lighting, a key that can’t be locked in the trunk and a headliner that mimics a starry sky are among the technologies showcased in the 2014 Ward’s 10 Best Interiors winners.

The honorees represent a broad swath of cars and utility vehicles available in the U.S. with advanced human-machine interfaces, high-quality materials, outstanding comfort and, in some cases, breathtaking aesthetics and limited self-driving capabilities.

Cadillac, Buick top J.D. Power survey on satisfaction with dealers

(April 11, 2014) WESTLAKE VILLAGE, Calif. — Two GM brands performed highest in the segment rankings in 2014, according to the J.D. Power 2014 U.S. Customer Service Index (CSI) Study. Cadillac ranked highest in satisfaction with dealer service among luxury brands, achieving an overall CSI score of 872 on a 1,000-point scale, an increase of 14 points from 2013.

U-Haul ranks Florida, Texas, Vermont as top growth states in 2013

(April 10, 2014) PHOENIX — The results of the annual U-Haul National Migration Trend Report is in, reflecting the nation's top growth states for families that moved during 2013. The report, titled "U-Haul 2013 Top 10 U.S. Growth States," indicates that for states with more than 20,000 families moving, Florida had the highest percentage of growth, with 4.85 percent more families moving into the state than out.

Honda named 'Best Overall Brand' in annual Kelley brand image awards

(April 9, 2014) IRVINE, Calif. — Honda has been named "Best Overall Brand" in the 2014 Brand Image Award winners, based on annual new-car buyer perception data, announced today by Kelley Blue Book.  

The Kelley Blue BookBrand Image Awards recognize automakers' outstanding achievements in creating and maintaining brand attributes that capture the attention and enthusiasm of the new-vehicle buying public.  Award categories are calculated among luxury, non-luxury and truck shoppers.

2014 Hyundai Santa Fe wins three-row SUV challenge

(April 7, 2014) CHICAGO — Cars.com has named the 2014 Hyundai Santa Fe the winner of the site's 3-Row SUV Challenge conducted by Cars.com, YSA Today and MotorWeek. The challenge pitted seven 3-Row SUV's, all $40,000 or less, against each other in a series of expert and car shopper testing to determine which was the best overall SUV in the class.

In addition to the 2014 Hyundai Santa Fe, others tested included the 2014 Chevrolet Traverse, 2014 Dodge Durango, 2014 Honda Pilot, 2014 Mazda CX-9, 2014 Nissan Pathfinder and the 2014 Toyota Highlander.