Auto News for March 17 – Like Your Dealer’s Service? Many Do

 When it comes to dealer serving Lexus leads the pack in the luxury category, according to a new survey from J.D. Power. It was followed by Audi, Lincoln, Porsche and Cadillac.

 In the mass market, Buick is the leader followed by Mini, GMC, Chevrolet, and Nissan, according to Power.

 Overall customer service and satisfaction rose in the 2017 survey that measures automotive service at a franchised dealer or independent service facility for maintenance or repair work among owners and lessees of 1- to 5-year-old vehicles.


 The Historic Vehicle Association will display three iconic cars on the National Mall in Washington starting April 12th. They are a 1964 Chevrolet “lowrider” and a 1932 Ford V8 Hot Rod, not to forget the 1951 Mercury Coupe “radical custom.” The HVA is dedicated to preserving and sharing America’s automotive heritage.

 The Mercury steals my attention. It was purchased by Bob Hirohata and extensively customized by master craftsmen Sam and George Barris at their shop in Lynwood, California in 1952.  It was striped by Von Dutch and featured modified design elements from Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Ford, and Lincoln. Under Hirohata’s ownership it was driven cross country from LA to Indianapolis and Detroit and back.  The car collected over 150 trophies during the first several years it was shown.

 Airstream said its “Interstate” is the top selling Type B diesel motorhome in the U.S. for the fifth year in a row. It has a starting price of $156,611. A type B motorhome looks very much like an oversized van.






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