Auto News for June 19

2014-04-PH-The 2015 Ford Mustang

If you are anxiously awaiting the debut of the 2015 Mustang here are some just released prices for you to ponder. The base model will start at $24,425, and if you wish an automatic V-8 convertible then the dickering begins at a hefty $43,620. A cheaper convertible with a V-6 has a suggested $29,925 sticker. And the V8 coupe will start at $32,925. Dealers are now taking orders with delivery expected in the fall.

Porsche

For the second year in a row, Porsche ranked highest among all nameplates in the J.D. Power Initial Quality study. The 911, Boxster and Panamera models topped their segments. Porsche was followed by Jaguar and Lexus. In the Small SUV segment, the Buick Encore, Kia Sportage and Nissan Juke were the leaders. In the midsize car segment the Chevy Malibu led the pack followed by the Hyundai Sonata and Toyota Camry. On the other end of the list Jeep came in next to last with Fiat at the bottom. The study measures how happy drivers were with their wheels during the first three months of ownership.

J.D. Power said there was a small uptick in problems with new vehicles and they were linked to two things – A large number of new models with some kinks to be worked out and voice recognition, Bluetooth pairing and audio systems irregularities.

It is worth noting that Ford moved up 11 notches in the survey to 16th due in large part to improvements in its MyFord Touch infotainment system.

Seven in ten drivers in a Harris Poll believe passengers in a car do not share some legal responsibility if a distracted driver causes an accident. Six in ten say the same in the case of passengers riding with a drunk driver.

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