January 2014

Honda most durable, longest lasting brand in its class for past 25 years

(January 11, 2014) TORRANCE, Calif. — Honda vehicles are the most durable and longest lasting of any mainstream automotive brand*, according to Polk vehicle registration statistics from 1988-2012. No other mainstream brand had a greater percentage of vehicles on the road than the Honda brand.

New Mercedes-Benz CLA outshines aging C-Class, according to Kelley

(January 9, 2014) IRVINE, Calif. — The latest entry-luxury sedan to join the Mercedes-Benz lineup, the 2014 CLA, is closing the gap on its outdated sister model, C-Class, with stronger average transaction prices, projected resale value and shopper interest, as well as lower incentive spend by the automaker, according to Kelley Blue Book www.kbb.

Gorilla costume or jumper cables? Is your trunk emergency stuff ready?

(January 8, 2014) BLOOMINGTON, Ill. — Nearly all drivers could improve what is in their trunk to be better prepared for roadside emergencies. A new survey by State Farm and KRC Research shows two-thirds of drivers (67 percent) had some sort of "junk" in their trunk ranging from car detailing equipment to toys and used food or drink containers.  

HD Radio Technology is now available from all major automakers

(January 8, 2014) LAS VEGAS — iBiquity Digital Corporation, the developer of digital HD Radio Technology for AM and FM audio and data broadcasting, today announced that all major automakers offer the technology.  There are 33 automotive brands that currently offer HD Radio audio, traffic or data features. 

Kelley Blue Book reveals most and least popular auto brands by region

(January 7, 2014) IRVINE, Calif. — KBB.com research reveals most and least popular auto brands and segments by U.S. region based on online traffic of more than 10 million adults.  

Research reveals in-market new-car shoppers from the Western region of the U.S. are 85 percent more likely to consider Tesla than shoppers from other regions.  Out of all regions, Southerners are the least influenced by brand when shopping for a car as evidenced by a relatively small 17 percent preference for Infiniti over other brands.

Jaguar-Land Rover wins car, truck of year at Autobytel

(January 3, 2014) — Jaguar Land Rover North America announced today that the all-new Jaguar F-Type and 2014 Land Rover Range Rover have been named car and truck of the year by Autobytel, highlighting the momentum both brands have achieved coming into 2014.