Auto News for March 19


Kia will display a redesigned Optima at the New York Auto Show on April first. That model made its debut in Gotham City five years ago. Other than saying the car has been “passionately designed and obsessively crafted” Kia is saying little else about one of its most important products.

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Not be outdone, Scion will introduce two badly needed new models on March 31st, the day before the show opens to the press. They are the Scion iA and the iM. The iA is the blue one in the teaser photo. The iM is a 5-door hatchback while the iA sedan is “designed to appeal to young people who need a little more practicality, but still want engaging styling and outstanding driving dynamics,” Scion said.

Tesla has won a long battle in New Jersey and will be allowed to sell its products directly to the public with no dealer in the middle. It was part of a measure that will overhaul that state’s auto franchise laws and has been signed by Gov. Chris Christie. Tesla will have to establish a service center in the state where its cars can be repaired. Now the question is will other states follow suit?

Jaguar had the most satisfied customers when it came to dealer service according to a new J.D. Power survey. The study was based on more than 70,000 owners and lessees. Following Jaguar in the luxury rating were Lexus, Audi and Lincoln. Buick ranked first among mass market brands for a second consecutive year followed by Mini, VW, GMC and Chevrolet.

Ram wants to break the Guinness World Record for the largest parade of pickup trucks at the annual Ram Roundup in Arlington, Texas next month. It hopes to attract 500 trucks.

Four Honda models, two Chevys, and three Toyotas have made the list of 15 top family vehicles rounded up by Kelley Blue Book. Honda was cited for the Civic, CR-V, Odyssey and Accord. Toyota got the Camry, Highlander and Sienna on the list and Chevy the Impala and Tahoe. The Ford F-150, Hyundai Sonata, Kia Soul, Nissan Pathfinder, Ram 1500, and Subaru Outback round out the list.

The new “baby” Jeep has been certified by the EPA to deliver 22 mpg in the city, 31 on the highway, for a combined rating of 25 mpg with the 2.4-liter four. The Fiat based off roader is now arriving at dealers.




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