Auto News for March 2
February saw lots of people buying new cars and trucks with overall sales up 7 percent, according to AutoData. Honda was up 13 percent, Nissan 11 percent, Toyota 4 percent. On the down side was VW, where sales were off 13 percent and we will leave it to you to guess why. The all-new Tucson helped Hyundai post a one percent gain. Mazda sales also moved lower.
We still love pickups. The Ford F-150 remained the top- selling vehicle in the U.S., followed by the Chevy Silverado and the Ram. The Toyota Camry was the top selling car, followed by its in law, the Corolla. Rounding out the top ten were the Nissan Altima, Honda Civic and Accord, Toyota RAV4, and the Ford Fusion.
Honda will add a hatchback to its Civic lineup, the new car having it coming out party at the Geneva show, and its U.S. debutante bash at the New York show later this month. The car will launch later this year. Thus far, there is no word on pricing or tech stuff, like what’s under the hood. While hatchbacks have traditionally been slow sellers here while viewed more favorably in Europe, Honda is hopeful that it will draw younger customers to its showrooms on both continents.
Three out of four drivers report feeling “afraid” to ride in a self-driving car, according to a new survey from AAA. Yet 61 percent said they want at least one of the following technologies on their next vehicle: automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, self-parking technology or lane-keeping assist. Drivers who own vehicles equipped with semi-autonomous features are, on average, 75 percent more likely to trust the technology than those that do not own it. AAA said that suggests that gradual experience with these advanced features can ease consumer fears. Millennials and Gen-Xers are more likely to cite not wanting to pay extra for semi-autonomous technology, compared to Baby Boomers. Forty-five percent of those who do not want it found the new technology annoying.
Roughly three-quarters of the motorists surveyed by Kelley Blue Book were not able to recall any instance of car hacking in the past year. Only 26 percent of survey respondents recalled an instance of hacking in the past year, a sharp decline in awareness from nearly six months ago. The most common motive for hacking a vehicle is believed to be theft, according to more than half of the respondents.
Subaru announced that total production of its all-wheel drive vehicles has hit the 15 million mark. The milestone was achieve in the 44th year of production that started with the Subaru Leone van in September of 1972.