Consumer Reports Top Ten cars are:
Subcompact: Toyota Yaris iA
Compact: Chevrolet Cruze
Compact Hybrid: Toyota Prius
Sports Car: Mazda MX-5 Miata
Midsized Sedan: Kia Optima
Large Sedan: Chevrolet Impala
Small SUV: Subaru Forester
Midsized SUV: Toyota Highlander
Luxury SUV: Audi Q7
Compact Pickup: Honda Ridgeline
The Top Ten Brands were:
At the other end of the Brand List:
Fiat Chrysler has told shareholders it could face penalties of up to $4.6 billion regarding pollution control on about 104,000 of its diesel powered products. The Detroit News said the company was notified of an EPA probe into the diesels in January. It was accused to using pollution defeat devices on its 3-liter diesels similar to those in some VW’s. FCA has denied it used them and said it would cooperate with agencies involved in the investigation. The newspaper said FCA has received subpoenas and requests for information from the Justice Department, SEC, and several state’s attorney general. FCA maintains it is in compliance with all regulations.
On average, consumers paid $34,352 for a new vehicle in February, an increase of 2.3 percent from a year earlier but down nearly one percent from January. The price increase as caused by consumer demand for SUV’s and trucks.
Volkswagen’s Truck and Bus division will acquire a 16.6 percent stake in Illinois based Navistar – a $256 million equity investment that has now cleared all regulatory hurdles. Navistar said the deal will save it some $500 million over the first five years as the two companies share technology and supply efforts. The alliance provides VW with access to North American market.
The Audi A4, Cadillac XTS, and Honda Ridgeline have some of the best interiors in vehicles costing under $50,000, according to Auto Trader. Each new car on the list offers a standout modern, comfortable, luxurious and/or visually appealing interior within the given price point, it said. Also making the list were the Infiniti Q60, Kia Sorento, Lincoln Continental, Mazda CX-9, Mercedes C-Class, Toyota Prius Prime and the Volvo S90.