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PHOTOS: 2017 J.D. Power U.S. Tech Choice Study findings announcement

TweetAmericaJR’s Jason Rzucidlo reports from the Detroit Athletic Club for a special meeting of the Automotive Press Association. Smart headlights and rear view camera mirrors are the most requested technologies that consumers would like to have in a future vehicle, according to the J.D. Power U.S. Auto Tech Choice study. However, most consumers are still skeptical of self-driving technology. In this gallery, look for photos of Dave Sargent, vice president of global automotive at J.D. Power, and Kristin Kolodge, executive director of driver interaction & HMI research at J.D. Power.


Smart headlights, rear-view camera mirrors top J.D. Power Tech Choice Study

TweetDETROIT — Smart headlights and rear-view camera mirrors are the most requested technologies that consumers would like to have in a future vehicle, according to a new J.D. Power study released on Tuesday. However, most consumers are still skeptical of self driving technologies. The findings were announced on Tuesday during an Automotive Press Association meeting inside the Detroit Athletic Club. The J.D. Power study took place online from January-February 2017. It is based upon more than 8,500 consumers who purchased or leased a new vehicle within the last five years.Read More


Consumer Reports: Lexus, Toyota and Buick are most reliable auto brands

TweetDETROIT — Lexus, Toyota and Buick are the top three reliable automotive brands, according to a new Consumer Reports survey. The announcement was made at an Automotive Press Association luncheon at the Detroit Athletic Club on Monday afternoon. Asian brands are continuing the dominate the reliability survey by taking seven of the top 10 spots. Lexus and Toyota are on top for the fourth straight year. All nine Lexus models received better-than-average reliability. The redesigned 2016 Tacoma pickup was the only Toyota vehicle that earned a below average score. “TheRead More


PHOTOS: 2016 SAA Auto Outlook Conference @ The Gem Theatre in Detroit

TweetThe 2016 Society of Automotive Analysts’ Automotive Outlook Conference was held at the Gem Theatre on Sunday, January 10.  This new venue was very well received.  The topic today was “Disruptors and the Auto Industry.” Cars are used for work, transport, performance and status.  Where do traditional vehicles survive?  “We have to rule out urban areas.  Rural areas will be strong with pickup trucks.”  Luxury cars and performance/status vehicles evolves to family autonomous vehicles.  “The luxury market share could see some expansion,” said Brian Johnson of Barclays via Skype. Shared autonomousRead More


WATCH: GM’s Steve Kiefer addresses the 2016 SAA Auto Outlook Conference

TweetAmericaJR.com’s Jason Rzucidlo reports from inside the historic Gem Theatre in Detroit, the new home of the SAA Auto Outlook Conference. In this video, watch for remarks from Steve Kiefer, head of global powertrain operations at General Motors. He gave a short history of the company from its early founding up until today. Kiefer talked about GM’s recent $500 million investment in ridesharing company Lyft. He also discussed the 2016 Chevrolet Volt and 2017 Chevrolet Bolt fully-electric vehicle.


Analysts: Car sharing, autonomous vehicles to disrupt the automotive industry

TweetDETROIT — The 2016 Society of Automotive Analysts’ Automotive Outlook Conference was held at the Gem Theatre on Sunday, January 10.  This new venue was very well received.  The topic today was “Disruptors and the Auto Industry.” Phil LeBeau, CNBC auto and airline industry reporter, discussed the Disruptors 50 in technology.  He listed the top ten from this years list which includes UBER, and EcoMotors, just to name a couple.  “There are a lot of tech companies and pharmaceuticals.  Tesla, Google and Apple are not on the list because they areRead More