Auto News for June 19- Accord Teased!




2018 Honda Accord Concept Sketch

 This morning, Honda released a drawing of what its new Accord will look like when it is unveiled on July 14. It will be the 10th generation of the midsize sedan and in May the Accord was the top selling sedan in the country. Earlier, Honda announced the 2018 model will come with a choice of two direct-injected and turbocharged engines paired with either a 10-speed automatic, a CVT, or a 6 speed manual transmission. But the V6 has turned up missing. The sedan is said to have undergone a complete remake from the ground up.

 The 2017 Hyundai Ioniq received the 2017 Green Good Design Award from the Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design and the European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies. Ioniq is the first eco vehicle to offer three distinct electrified powertrains on a single, dedicated vehicle platform – the Ioniq Hybrid, Plug-in Hybrid and Electric models. Stick around. I will have more on this car in the near future.

 Ever want to experience what a good idea your seat belt is when your car flips over? Now a special “Tumbling Car” will give passengers an experience of just how vital a seatbelt is in a moving car. The Tumbling Car will take passengers for a spin – quite literally – while showing how their seatbelt will hold them in place, even when the car is rotating or hanging upside-down. It’s a spectacular reminder that you should always wear your seatbelt.

 This rather unique car will be on display and demonstrated at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in the UK starting June 29th. Wish it would head to these shores.

 A combination of record numbers of miles driven, increased frequency and severity of collisions, and extreme weather has crimped U.S. auto insurer profitability, resulting in rate increases for 26% of customers and a strain on customer satisfaction.

 According to the J.D. Power 2017 U.S. Auto Insurance Study released today, price satisfaction declined this year, even as other areas of the overall customer experience have improved.

 The study finds that the number of customers receiving an annual rate increase of more than $200 per vehicle has more than doubled during the past four years, and that’s having a profound effect on customer satisfaction. Power said auto insurers have to do a better job of improving the perception of value in the services they provide.

 The least satisfied customers are in Texas following a rash of losses stemming from hail storms.





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