According to the J.D. Power 2014 U.S. Vehicle Dependability StudySM (VDS), problems reported by original owners of three-year-old vehicles increased 6% from last year--the first time since the 1998 study that the average number of problems has increased.
While Mercedes-Benz continues to reach further down in terms of price point in order to capture younger buyers sooner, at the same time that it builds the new CLA-Class and GLA-Class models it is preparing to launch a sophisticated new 2015 S-Class Coupe way up in six-digit pricing territory.
Based on the results of the J.D. Power 2014 U.S. Vehicle Dependability StudySM (VDS), the 12 most dependable 2011 models are, with few exceptions, luxury models, and half of them originally rolled out of a Lexus dealership.
For the first time in 15 years, the dependability of 3-year-old vehicles has declined compared with the previous year, according to the results of the J.D. Power 2014 U.S. Vehicle Dependability StudySM (VDS).
Based on the results of the J.D. Power 2014 U.S. Vehicle Dependability StudySM (VDS), which measures the dependability of new vehicles after 3 years of ownership, the following models receive an award for ranking highest in their respective vehicle segments.
Owners of 2011 model-year vehicles experienced more problems than did owners of 2010 model-year vehicles a year ago, according to the just-published J.D. Power 2014 U.S. Vehicle Dependability StudySM (VDS).
The 2015 Kia Soul EV is a new electric version of the automaker's popular multi-purpose car, one that offers gas-free driving in a package that is nearly as practical as a standard Soul.
Debuting at the 2014 Chicago Auto Show, the 2015 BMW X3 represents a mid-life freshening for the popular crossover SUV, or Sports Activity Vehicle, as BMW prefers.
At the 2014 Chicago Auto Show, Kia introduced its new 2015 Soul EV, an electric version of the popular Soul multi-purpose vehicle.
At the 2014 Chicago Auto Show, Chrysler announced new Satin Vapor Edition versions of each of its core SRT models--Chrysler 300, Dodge Challenger, and Dodge Charger.
BMW already sells four different models equipped with turbo-diesel power in the States, and with the introduction of the 2014 BMW 740Ld at the 2014 Chicago Auto Show, that number increases to five.
At the 2014 Chicago Auto Show, Nissan is displaying the Frontier Diesel Runner concept truck, which is based on the 2014 Frontier Desert Runner model that pairs 2-wheel drive with an off-roading stance, suspension, and tires.
BMW chose to announce a major mid-life update to its X3 Sports Activity Vehicle at the 2014 Chicago Auto Show, and while the vehicle's styling modifications are modest, the changes under the crossover SUV's sheetmetal are significant.
During the past week, Aston Martin issued recalls on several vehicle models from model years 2008 through 2014, and Chrysler Group has issued a recall on some 2014 Ram ProMaster vans.