Auto News for July 8

Kia 900

Kia said its K900 sedan has achieved a record high score in AutoPacific’s Vehicle Satisfaction Awards. The luxury flagship of the Kia line is only the third model ever to win the President’s Award and was named the Most Satisfying Vehicle Overall. The top light duty pickup was the Ford F-150 and the Honda CR-V was best mid-size crossover.

As a follow up to yesterday’s story, former Toyota executive Julie Hamp has been released from custody in Japan. Authorities released her without being charged. She was arrested in June for an alleged violation of Japan’s strict drug laws. Prosecutors told various news organizations there was not enough evidence to bring charges.

The world’s auto makers love China, but auto sales there have declined for the first time in more than two years. A slowing economy was the reason why.

Two disturbing trends that seem to be catching on, at least here in Maryland, are drivers who ignore Yield signs, and the increasing number of people who back out of a parking space in a grocery store lot without looking and seem surprised when they discover a pedestrian or a car crossing behind them. Both seem to feel they always have the right of way, when they do not. Keep your eyes peeled especially if you are pedestrian in one of these lots.

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