Surveys and Studies

Softer used-vehicle prices behind uptick in negative equity deals

11:45 am U.S. ET | Jan. 20, 2016

Negative equity has been on the rise for the past few years. But while it's something to watch, for now it's not posing a risk to the industry, J.D. Power says.... Read More »

Jaguar Land Rover named best place to work in UK, survey says

Jan. 16, 2016 06:01 CET

Jaguar Land Rover is the best large company to work for in the UK, according to a survey. The automaker, which has 35,000 employees in the UK, almost its entire global workforce, was ranked No. 1 among 400 businesses surveyed that employ more than 500 people in the country.... Read More »

Industry highs set, with a quarter yet to go

12:45 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 2, 2015

With year-end results yet to come, the industry has already set records in lease penetration, new-vehicle financing levels and in the numbers of consumers taking out longer loans, Experian data show.... Read More »

Easy does it when selling F&I products

11:00 am U.S. ET | Nov. 25, 2015

Dealers, when selling F&I products, don’t count pressuring the customer as an effective sales technique. Too much pressure to buy F&I products leads to slightly lower close rates. And the type of presentation matters as dealers try to up their product sales, a study by J.D. Power found.... Read More »

Gen Y's surprising yen for add-ons

11:45 am U.S. ET | Nov. 18, 2015

Younger consumers are just as likely as their older counterparts to buy finance and insurance products, a J.D. Power and Associates study finds.... Read More »

McGraw Hill exploring sale of J.D. Power

10:44 am U.S. ET | Oct. 30, 2015

McGraw Hill Financial is looking at selling off its J.D. Power unit, best known for car quality and reliability ratings, as the owner of the Standard & Poor's ratings services focuses on capital and commodity markets.... Read More »

THE VW DIESEL CRISIS

VW cars still considered 'outstanding' by 65% of Germans, survey says

Oct. 19, 2015 14:09 CET

Two-thirds of Germans still believe VW builds "outstanding" cars despite the high-profile emissions-test cheating scandal that has damaged the company's image, a survey found.... Read More »

Trading profit today for loyalty tomorrow

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 30, 2015

At Johnson Automotive, F&I managers practice the art of conversation and body language to up F&I revenue and customer satisfaction.... Read More »

Trading profit today for loyalty tomorrow

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 14, 2015

At Johnson Automotive, F&I managers practice the art of conversation and body language to up F&I revenue and customer satisfaction.... Read More »

Study: Electronic tools lift satisfaction

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 14, 2015

For higher customer satisfaction and more referrals, dealers should incorporate electronic components into the F&I process, a recent study found.... Read More »

Subprime lenders' profits slip, survey finds

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 14, 2015

Auto finance companies that lend to the riskiest customers remained profitable last year. But their average results dropped 20 percent from the prior year, according to the National Automotive Finance Association's 2015 Non-Prime Auto Financing survey.... Read More »

New car technologies often unused by drivers, J.D. Power finds

1:00 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 25, 2015

A new study from J.D. Power suggests that automakers are investing billions into technologies that a considerable number of drivers aren't using. J.D. Power's first 2015 Driver Interactive Vehicle Experience Report found that at least 20 percent of new-vehicle owners have never used 16 of the 33 technology features measured.... Read More »

Lexus rises to No. 1 in customer satisfaction study

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 25, 2015

Lexus overtook Mercedes-Benz to come out on top in a recent U.S. customer satisfaction study while recalls and rising prices across the industry are driving down average new-vehicle customer satisfaction scores.... Read More »

Despite growth, some dealers grumble

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 24, 2015

NADA's latest dealer attitude survey found Volkswagen, Infiniti and Mini dealers were the most disgruntled, while Lexus, Toyota, Subaru, Audi and Ford dealers were the most upbeat overall.... Read More »

JULY U.S. SALES

Sales rise 5.3% on hardy crossover, truck volume

8:30 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

U.S. light-vehicles sales -- fueled by healthy truck demand and gains at most major automakers -- rose 5.3 percent in July, helping the industry begin the second half of 2015 on a strong note. Ford Motor Co., Nissan Motor Co., Honda Motor Co., GM, Fiat Chrysler and Hyundai-Kia all had gains between 5 percent and 8 percent while Subaru scored its sixth double-digit advance of the year.... Read More »

Dealer satisfaction grows when auto lenders embrace e-contracting

12:00 pm U.S. ET | July 29, 2015

Dealers like e-contracting. That's one of the key findings from the 2015 U.S. Dealer Financing Satisfaction Study by J.D. Power released this week. Another takeaway: Dealers are willing to pay lenders a premium for good service.... Read More »

Opel names engineer to oversee quality

July 24, 2015 06:01 CET

Opel named mechanical engineer Elvira Toelkes as its new head of quality in Europe. Toelkes will be tasked with continuing Opel's drive to improve customer satisfaction. Opel and sister brand Vauxhall had below average scores in J.D. Power's vehicle satisfaction surveys.... Read More »

Mini, Subaru, Scion improve the most in J.D. Power APEAL Study

10:00 am U.S. ET | July 22, 2015

Mini, Subaru and Scion had the biggest improvements in J.D. Power's latest study of new-vehicle appeal. Porsche was the overall leader for the 11th consecutive year.... Read More »

Kia seeks J.D. Power title to prove quality gains

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 13, 2015

Kia has set a new goal for itself: to reach No. 1 on the J.D. Power Initial Quality Study. It hopes that doing so will turn around consumers' perception of the brand's quality.... Read More »

How Infiniti climbed quality chart

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 4, 2015

The entire auto industry got a little bit better on quality this year, but few brands jumped in the rankings of a closely watched survey the way Infiniti did. The brand focused on two problem areas, telematics and a noisy transmission, to make big gains in J.D. Power's latest quality ratings.... Read More »

J.D. Power completes NADA car guide purchase

2:37 pm U.S. ET | July 1, 2015

J.D. Power completed its acquisition of NADA's Used Car Guide today after receiving approval from U.S. regulators.... Read More »

Tech propels Kia to best-ever IQS finish

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 22, 2015

While automakers continue to frustrate customers with glitchy technology, has Kia cracked the code? The Korean brand led all other nonpremium marques in the 2015 J.D. Power and Associates Initial Quality Study for the first time -- largely on the strength of improved in-car tech.... Read More »

Kia rises in J.D. Power quality; Japanese fall below average

1:00 pm U.S. ET | June 17, 2015

Kia topped all other nonpremium brands in J.D. Power and Associates' latest survey of new-vehicle quality for the first time ever, while Japanese brands fell below the industry average -- another first in the study's 29-year history.... Read More »

Costco says referrals led to nearly 400,000 U.S. vehicle sales in 2014

2:02 pm U.S. ET | June 9, 2015

In a sign of shifting consumer attitudes, Costco said its dealership referral programs led to sales of 398,875 new and used vehicles in the U.S. in 2014.... Read More »

J.D. Power is buying NADA's Used Car Guide

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 1, 2015

The National Automobile Dealers Association has agreed to sell its 82-year-old Used Car Guide business to J.D. Power and Associates.... Read More »

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