Fuel-Efficiency Tips Aid Satisfaction with New-Vehicle Sales Experience in Japan

The most important purchase consideration for new-vehicle owners in Japan is fuel economy, according to the J.D. Power Asia Pacific 2010 Japan Sales Satisfaction Index (SSI) Study,SM which also finds that providing new-vehicle owners with advice to improve the fuel efficiency of their vehicle has a positive impact on overall satisfaction with the sales . . . Continue Reading Fuel-Efficiency Tips Aid Satisfaction with New-Vehicle Sales Experience in Japan

Mercedes S-Class Delights New-Vehicle Owners in All Categories

Occasionally, the Global Automotive Blog will profile some of the car and light-truck models that excel in J.D. Power’s key automotive studies. Profiles will generally include study highlights, Power Information Network® (PIN) retail sales transaction data, as well as insight from J.D. Power experts. Today, we’ll feature the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, which ranked highest in . . . Continue Reading Mercedes S-Class Delights New-Vehicle Owners in All Categories

India Auto Sales Growth Surge—Will it Last?

August auto sales in India climbed by one-third from the same month last year and set a monthly record, according to recent wire service reports, which also suggest that passenger-vehicle sales in India are expected to moderate during the rest of the year, partly due to limited supplies of parts.

Light-vehicle sales continued an . . . Continue Reading India Auto Sales Growth Surge—Will it Last?

North American Production Nearly Matches Demand

North American vehicle production continues to be balanced with demand after a dramatic increase during the first 6 months of 2010, according to analysis by Automotive Forecasting at J.D. Power and Associates. A few production highlights from the recent update:

Fourth-quarter output is expected to edge up nearly 3%—to 2.8 million units—from the same period . . . Continue Reading North American Production Nearly Matches Demand

September Sales Pace Rebounds from Summer Lull

The US retail new-vehicle sales pace in September is expected to be the highest in more than 2 years (excluding the CARS-influenced August 2009 rate), according to the latest monthly forecast update from J.D. Power and Associates. In fact, September 2010 retail deliveries are projected to reach 769,000 units—a 36% increase from retail totals in . . . Continue Reading September Sales Pace Rebounds from Summer Lull

Black Remains Most Popular New-Vehicle Color Choice; White, Gray Gain Share

“Paint It Black” is not just the name of a ’60s song by The Rolling Stones. Black also continues to be the most popular exterior color choice for all new model-year vehicles purchased or leased in the first 8 months of 2010, according to Power Information Network® (PIN) retail transaction data from J.D. . . . Continue Reading Black Remains Most Popular New-Vehicle Color Choice; White, Gray Gain Share

Small Cars Pave Way in India but Not in China

Two different approaches to developing passenger-vehicle strategies in India and China are observed, defined and analyzed by two J.D. Power Asia Pacific experts in an article recently published in China Daily.

The article, entitled “India and China: Divergent Paths for Smallest Cars,” by Marvin Zhu and Ammar Master, senior market analysts at J.D. Power . . . Continue Reading Small Cars Pave Way in India but Not in China

Chinese Automakers’ Profits Helped by Government Measures

The profits of China’s automotive industry surpassed 30.2 billion yuan (US $4 billion) in the first half of 2010, according to the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers (CAAM). The figure was nearly 66% higher than in the same period last year, according to Asia Times Online, the online successor to the former Asia Times, . . . Continue Reading Chinese Automakers’ Profits Helped by Government Measures

Hyundai is Spot On with BlueOn EV Entry

Hyundai BlueOn

Hyundai Motor Company recently announced that it would introduce its first electric vehicle (EV) for the mass market in 2012. The new BlueOn EV, which was named after the automaker’s Blue Drive program to develop environmentally helpful technology, will be based on the tiny Hyundai i10 hatchback. It will be powered . . . Continue Reading Hyundai is Spot On with BlueOn EV Entry

China Auto Sales Rise Significantly with Inducements

Auto sales in China rebounded in August, climbing nearly 56% from the same month’s sales results in 2009, to 1.21 million vehicles, according to news reports citing CATARC (China Automotive Technology and Research Center). In July, sales were close to 1.0 million units—a 17.0% improvement from last year’s same month. Media reports said that . . . Continue Reading China Auto Sales Rise Significantly with Inducements