India Light-Vehicle Market Expected to Hit 3 Million Mark in 2011

The light-vehicle market in India is poised for continued strong growth during 2011, and is driven by rising income levels, overall economic growth, the launch of multiple new models, and the continued availability of affordable credit, according to Darius Lam, senior market analyst at J.D. Power Asia Pacific. “We forecast that light-vehicle sales will . . . Continue Reading India Light-Vehicle Market Expected to Hit 3 Million Mark in 2011

The Future of Satellite Radio

As more in-vehicle audio and entertainment options become available to consumers, the question of satellite radio’s relevance has become more prominent. Most vehicles sold today have satellite radio at least as an option, if not standard, and most new-car buyers are given a trial subscription, usually anywhere from one to six months. This gives . . . Continue Reading The Future of Satellite Radio

Ford to Offer Focus with Green Powertrain Options

Ford Motor Company recently reopened its assembly plant in Wayne, MI (about the size of 22 football fields), to produce the new 2012 Ford Focus compact conventional model that will go on sale in early 2011. In addition, three electric versions of the Focus will be assembled at the plant—a battery-powered version (BEV) to . . . Continue Reading Ford to Offer Focus with Green Powertrain Options

Many New-Vehicle Owners in Japan Would Pay Extra for Fuel-Efficient Tires

More than one-third (36%) of new-vehicle owners in Japan would be willing to pay extra for the option to have their new vehicle equipped with fuel-efficient tires, according to the J.D. Power Asia Pacific 2010 Japan Original Equipment Tire Customer Satisfaction Index Study.SM The fuel-efficient tire option is related to a new tire labeling . . . Continue Reading Many New-Vehicle Owners in Japan Would Pay Extra for Fuel-Efficient Tires

Dongfeng Nissan Models Earn Two Awards for Dependability in New China Study

Models from Dongfeng Nissan receive segment awards for being the most dependable in two of eight award segments, according to the J.D. Power Asia Pacific 2010 China Vehicle Dependability StudySM (VDS), which measures problems experienced by original owners of new vehicles (purchased between 2007 and 2009) during the first 13 to 36 months of . . . Continue Reading Dongfeng Nissan Models Earn Two Awards for Dependability in New China Study

North American Vehicle Production Up 38%; Biggest Gain in Mexico

Production in the North American light-vehicle markets is expected to end the year at 11.8 million units—up 38% from 8.5 million units in 2009—with an especially strong increase in Mexico’s output, according to J.D. Power and Associates Automotive Forecasting Division. Through November 2010, nearly 11 million units had been manufactured. Another 800,000 units are . . . Continue Reading North American Vehicle Production Up 38%; Biggest Gain in Mexico

Retail Sales in December Prime Market for Robust 2010 Finish

US retail new car and light-truck sales in December are likely to increase 19%* from year-ago results, as the retail sales pace in the first 10 days of the month is significantly outdistancing expectations, and will lead to a strong close to a challenging year of recovery in the US market, according to the . . . Continue Reading Retail Sales in December Prime Market for Robust 2010 Finish

Honda Readies Eco Car Strategy in Thailand Market

In December 2010, Honda, the second-largest passenger-car seller in Thailand, unveiled the Brio, its eco car model, at the Thailand International Motor Expo. Ammar Master, senior market analyst in the Bangkok office of J.D. Power Asia Pacific, discusses Honda’s strategy for the new small car in the latest issue of J.D. Power ASEAN Automotive . . . Continue Reading Honda Readies Eco Car Strategy in Thailand Market

Connected and Driving Dangerously

Personal electronics sales have seen a noticeable boost in the past few years. According to the J.D. Power and Associates 2010 U.S. Automotive Emerging Technologies Study,SM one-half of consumers cite ownership of a smartphone, nearly three-fourths mention owning a portable digital music player, and four out of five report ownership of a laptop computer.

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China: Promise for Growth of “Green” Vehicles

More than a year ago, China’s President Hu Jintao said his country would intensify efforts to conserve and improve energy efficiency, noting, “We will endeavor to cut carbon dioxide emissions per unit of GDP by a notable margin by 2020,” according to a citation in a special report from J.D. Power and Associates, “Drive . . . Continue Reading China: Promise for Growth of “Green” Vehicles