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Toyota Motor Corp. namesake brand, a default choice of a generation of car buyers who admired its high quality, lost ground during the past six years amid recalls, natural disasters and stiffer competition.
Its share of the U.S. retail market fell to 13.5 percent last year from 16.3 percent in 2008, according to data provided to Bloomberg by IHS Automotive using Polk vehicle-registration records. Toyota’s 2.8 percentage point loss matched the gain of Ford Motor Co. (F)’s main brand, to a 13.2 percent share, over the same period.
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Retail registrations are the best measure of the tastes of individual car buyers because they exclude bulk fleet sales to corporate and government customers. Toyota dominated the retail market before the recession, with top sellers such as the Camry sedan and Corolla compact. Those models now face tougher competition as car shoppers favor Ford models including the Fusion, which draws frequent comparisons to an Aston Martin, and a restyled, fuel-efficient Escape. Hyundai Motor Co. and Subaru, the auto unit of Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd., also gaining ground.
“Before 2010, Toyota’s image was bulletproof, and while it is still strong, it’s not rock solid and as perfect as it was before,” Tom Libby, auto analyst for IHS Automotive, said in an interview. “It now appears their march forward has been slowed.”
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Top ThreeThe leader in total U.S. sales is General Motors Co. (GM), which has four brands including Chevrolet and Cadillac. Ford including its fleet sales and Lincoln brand is No. 2, followed by Toyota, which overtook Ford in sales by company from 2007 to 2009 before falling back to the third position.
Those rankings will hold again when February’s U.S. sales results are announced March 3, according to analysts surveyed by Bloomberg. Toyota, GM and Ford may all report declines, while Chrysler Group LLC and Nissan Motor Co. post gains, according to analysts surveyed.
Light-vehicle sales in the U.S. may rise 0.4 percent in February to almost 1.2 million, the average of six analyst estimates. The annualized rate, adjusted for seasonal trends, will probably remain at 15.3 million, the average of 10 analyst estimates, the same as in February 2013.
Toyota’s once-pristine image was tarnished, Libby said, when it recalled more than 10 million vehicles for problems related to unintended acceleration in 2009 and 2010, involving defective floor mats and accelerator pedals. The world’s largest automaker lost sales in 2011 after an earthquake and tsunami rocked Japan and shut down Toyota’s car factories.
Rebound ScenarioToyota’s U.S. retail market share fell to 12.4 percent in 2011, recovered to 13.7 percent in 2012 and declined again last year, the IHS data show.
“A fair number of people — I was among them — thought that after the recall situation and after the tsunami that Toyota would just resume where they were,” Libby said. “Lo and behold, they have not.”
As total U.S. auto sales rose, Toyota has increased sales by more than a half-million vehicles in the last two years. That is more important than its retail market share, said Mike Michels, a Toyota spokesman.
“Share doesn’t pay the bills, sales do — that was and is our focus,” Michels said in an e-mail. “Toyota recovered an enormous amount of volume after the recession and Tsunami/Thailand floods impacted periods.”
Design ChangesToyota will probably maintain its slight retail lead over Ford this year thanks to redesigns of its Corolla, RAV4 small SUV and Highlander SUV, said Jeff Schuster, an analyst with researcher LMC Automotive in Troy, Michigan. The Camry, Toyota’s top seller, will also receive minor design changes late this year, he said.
“Ford’s going to give them a run for their money over the next couple years, but at this point we don’t see them overtaking Toyota,” Schuster said.
Toyota Chief Executive Officer Akio Toyoda has pushed his designers to create more exciting cars after critics have dismissed the company’s products as “blandmobiles.” At the Detroit auto show in January, Toyota generated buzz and floor traffic with its red FT-1 concept that drew inspiration from the automaker’s Supra sports car.
“We’ve seen some indication that Toyota is going to refocus on design and basically bring sexy back or maybe get it for the first time,” Schuster said.
Swoopy SonataThe looks of Hyundai’s swoopy Sonata sedan, Kia’s angular Optima sedan and Ford’s Fusion have attracted family-car buyers, Schuster said. Korea’s Hyundai and its corporate sibling Kia combined to control 8.2 percent of the U.S. retail market last year, up from 5 percent in 2008, though down from 2012, according to the IHS data.
“Vehicles like the Fusion, Escape and our hybrids have provided us with a tremendous amount of retail sales and share gain, particularly in the coastal regions in the west and southeast, areas that typically have been dominated by Japanese automakers,” said Erich Merkle, Ford’s sales analyst. The Ford brand’s overall retail sales rose 14 percent in 2013, he said, powered by a 21 percent rise in the west and a 17 percent increase in the southeast.
The closing quality gap among automakers has removed a onetime Toyota advantage, Libby said. The Toyota brand ranked seventh in J.D. Power & Associates’ Initial Quality Study last year, below GM’s GMC truck brand, which ranked second, and its Chevrolet line, which ranked fifth.
“In core car segments, where Toyota really had their strength and still has strength, there’s more legitimate competition,” Libby said.
Chevrolet’s SlideDespite quality gains and praise from critics, GM’s Chevrolet brand also lost ground among individual retail buyers. Chevy’s U.S. retail share fell to 10.7 percent last year, from 11.4 percent in 2008. GM last year introduced a redesigned Silverado pickup truck, its top seller, as well as updating the design of its Malibu family car.
“Chevrolet is pretty disappointing. They’ve had a significant product revival over the last two years and they’ve not been able to gain share,” Libby said.
Since 2008, Chevrolet has exited the minivan and small pickup categories, which cost it retail sales, said Jim Cain, a company spokesman. GM will begin offering a smaller pickup later this year with the Colorado model. The Detroit-based automaker also is putting a greater emphasis on profits, selling fewer cars on deep discount, he said.
Light Years”The quality of our market share is light years ahead of where it was in 2008,” Cain said. “We are much more profitable and the resale of our products has risen sharply thanks to what is now an essentially all-new showroom of vehicles.”
Chrysler, the U.S. automaker owned by Fiat SpA (F), saw its Jeep line of SUVs climb to 3.4 percent from 2.7 percent in 2008, the IHS data show.
The next top brands will find a way to lead in innovation, as Toyota did in the last two decades with the Prius hybrid-electric car and the RAV4 that helped pioneer the car-like SUV category, Libby said.
Segment LeadersHonda Motor Co. (7267), which was second to Toyota in retail share in 2008, has slipped to fourth. It had 10.4 percent of the retail market last year, down from 11.9 percent in 2008, according to the IHS data. Honda also has suffered from lackluster looks, Libby said, as the competition has become more appealing. Like Toyota, it also had to contend with natural disasters in Asia that disrupted production in 2011.
While its retail share slid, Honda said its top-selling models were retail leaders in their segments: the Civic compact, Accord mid-size car, CR-V compact utility and Odyssey minivan. The company doesn’t have a fleet-sales operation and few Honda dealers handle such sales.
“Our focus on retail sales to individual buyers has a direct correlation to the high resale value of Honda products, which is a key factor in the value proposition for our customers,” John Mendel, executive vice president of automobile sales for Honda’s U.S. unit, said in a statement last week.
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2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee for Sale at Louisville Kentucky, KY
After two decades of assembling its Grand Cherokee sport utility vehicle, the American automaker has finally delivered a world-class off-roader capable of taking on everything in its segment – and more – with a high likelihood of coming out on top.
And if you drove last year’s model, it’s time to climb behind the wheel again as Jeep has significantly updated the SUV for 2014 with a bold new exterior appearance, an upgraded interior with enhanced electronics and a new transmission that completely transforms the way it drives.
We recently spent a full week with a dark blue reviewing, diagnosing and driving the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland 4×4, a well-optioned model fitted with the standard gasoline-fed V6. While it didn’t have the punch of the range-topping V8-powered SRT8, or the fuel-sipping economy of itsnew EcoDiesel sibling, the high-volume variant left us quite impressed.Without question, the 2014 is significantly improved over its predecessor. Slightly more than 20 years ago, Jeep launched its all-new Grand Cherokee for the 1993 model year. The current chassis is its fourth-generation iteration (known as the WK2 to brand purists), which made its debut at the 2009 New York Auto Show, but it didn’t go on sale until the following summer as a 2011 model. Three short years later, Jeep has introduced the revised 2014 model with a slew of significant upgrades.Jeep is offering its 2014 Grand Cherokee in no fewer than six different models (listed in order of increasing base price): Laredo, Laredo E, Limited, Overland, Summit and SRT. Depending on the model, there are three engine choices (3.6-liter V6, 5.7-liter V8 and the new turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 diesel) and several powertrain choices (4×2 and three different 4×4 systems). While the aforementioned diesel and high-performance SRT models capture most of the spotlight, the standard gasoline-powered V6 models comprise the bulk of sales – more than justifying this review.As indicated, Jeep made several improvements to the Grand Cherokee for the new model year. Mechanically speaking, a smooth-shifting eight-speed automatic transmission replaces the outgoing five-speed gearbox and the four-wheel-drive system has been improved with new modes. Cosmetically, the front fascia has been redesigned and there are new taillamps, a larger liftgate spoiler and more wheel choices. Jeep didn’t leave the interior alone either, as the 2014 models are fitted with a new steering wheel with paddle shifters, revised instrument cluster, redesigned center stack with the company’s larger 8.4-inch infotainment touchscreen, upgraded Uconnect Access and other enhanced interior materials. Without question, the 2014 is significantly improved over its 2013 predecessor.
The Overland in standard configuration is fitted with a very high level of equipment.
Our particular 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland 4×4, painted in True Blue Pearl over two-tone Vesuvio Indigo Blue and Jeep Brown interior upholstery, started with a base price of $45,995. Few would blame the owners who add absolutely no options, as the Overland in standard configuration is equipped with a very high level of equipment that includes leather upholstery, heated and ventilated power-operated eight-way driver and front passenger seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, Chrysler’s Uconnect system with an 8.4-inch touchscreen, 506-watt audio package, heated steering wheel, power liftgate, bi-xenon headlamps and more. Even so, our tester was upgraded with the Customer Preferred 23P package ($1,695), which included adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, advanced brake assist, blind spot and rear cross path detection. The bottom line on our SUV’s window sticker, including the mandatory $995 destination charge, was $48,685.
Like most late model Grand Cherokees on the road today, our vehicle featured Chrysler’s 3.6-liter Pentastar V6, rated at 290 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. New for 2014 is a standard ZF-sourced eight-speed automatic that provides not only improved fuel economy and better acceleration, but a new lower crawl ratio of 44:1 to aid off-road prowess when equipped with the two-speed transfer case (Jeep’s Quadra-Trac II is standard on the Overland). The EPA rates the SUV at 17 miles per gallon city and 24 mpg highway, which is a slight improvement over last year’s 16 mpg city and 23 mpg highway. The engine is also E85 compatible, but burning the ethanol fuel blend delivers reduced economy.
The 2014 Grand Cherokee starts off strong even before the engine is started.
Underpinning the Grand Cherokee is an independent suspension mounted to a steel unibody chassis shared with the current-generation Mercedes-Benz M-Class (consider it a gift from the earlier DaimlerChrysler days). The front features upper and lower control arms while the rear is fitted with a multi-link design. Twin-tube, gas-charged shock and coil springs round out the package. The Quadra-lift air suspension, with four drive heights and a low Park mode to ease ingress/egress (4.1 inches of total travel), is standard on the Overland. The steering is electrically assisted, and the Grand Cherokee requires just 37.1 feet to turn curb-to-curb. Our Overland was equipped with 20-inch cast aluminum wheels, wrapped in 265/50R20 Goodyear Fortera HL all-season tires.
First impressions mean quite a bit in the automotive world, especially when emotion sells more vehicles than any pushy salesman. In that regard, the 2014 Grand Cherokee starts off strong even before the engine is started.
The exterior refresh is attractive, as it maintains the Jeep’s obligatory aggressive and capable appearance while losing some of the shiny chrome in the process. Headlights are now sleeker and more detailed, and the lower fascia receives the same attention. The alterations to the back of the vehicle are less obvious, but Jeep has repositioned some of the flashy trim and cleaned up its overall appearance.
All of the touch surfaces feel substantial and of high quality, solving that common complaint.
While the contrasting dark blue and chocolate interior would not be our first choice, the white piping on the seats and wood on the dashboard provided an upscale appearance. All of the touch surfaces feel substantial and of high quality, solving that common complaint. The front seats are comfortable, with nice bolsters, long lower cushions and good lumbar support, and the driving position fit your editor’s six-foot two-inch frame well. A bright and very legible multi-configurable instrument panel is easy to see, even through polarized glasses, and the Garmin-based Uconnect navigation was intuitive for all who used it (although we didn’t like how many of the seat heat/cooling functions required more than a few actions to access). To ease connectivity, the driver and front passenger are offered an AUX, USB, SD and 12-volt DC power outlet in a panel at the bottom of the center stack.
Second row passengers were equally as content, with acceptable leg, knee and toe room; large tinted windows; and plenty of power to charge their own personal electronics (Jeep has put twin USB ports and a 115-volt outlet on the rear of the center console, exclusively for their use). When the center armrest is raised, the cushion beneath it is flat to make a comfortable fifth seating position.
A lack of a third row Dodge will sell you a Durango for that role means there are no bulky hide-away cushions to prevent the 60:40 split second row from folding, thus creating a flat and expansive cargo area. The front passenger seat folds flat to increase cargo space, too. There are also four metal rails, and steel tie-downs, to help secure larger loads and grocery bag hooks to keep the little things from rolling around (another 12-volt DC outlet is in the rear cargo hold).
The push-button stop/start is carried over from last year. The more significant news is the new electronic shift lever replacing its gated predecessor on the center console. Seemingly lifted right out of the current-generation Audi A8 sedan – they are virtually identical as both share the same ZF eight speed transmission – the stubby T-handle only requires a nudge to engage the gear. In practice, the gear selector requires a slight learning curve, and it cannot be rushed without drawing profanities, but it works well after a bit of familiarity.
Our initial positive impressions of the exterior and interior are complemented by the Grand Cherokee’s new driving dynamics.
The V6 will never match the brawn of the SRT’s V8 (or even the Hemi), and nobody should expect it to, but the new lower first gear allows the volume model to leap off the line with newfound energy. The Jeep weighs 4,984 pounds, which is about average in this segment, but a happy marriage between the six-cylinder Pentastar and the ZF eight-speed transmission (it reportedly has 90 different shift algorithms from which to choose) means the SUV will hit 60 miles per hour in about seven seconds flat. On the road, the power seemed to fall off at higher speeds, but it was more than adequate for most passing maneuvers. According to Jeep, our test car will tow 6,200 pounds (those seeking more pulling capability should look at the diesel or SRT, as those are both rated to pull 7,200-plus pounds).
The SUV excels on the open road, especially at speed.
Once at speed, extensive soundproofing and thick door seals kept wind noise to a minimum. Unlike the beastly SRT8, docked points for road noise in our recent review, the narrower all-season rubber on this four-door never howled on the open road. While it likely doesn’t help lower cabin noise, the air suspension automatically lowers the vehicle at highways speeds to improve the vehicle’s overall aerodynamics and aid fuel economy (the Grand Cherokee earns a drag coefficient of 0.37).
Tuned for on- and off-road travel, the ride was on the firm side yet its damping response aligned with our expectations – softer than the SRT8, but still maintained a sporty edge. Its European-bred chassis is stiff and responded well to steering requests. Even so, we found ourselves skipping the tight mountain curves where the Jeep began to feel a bit awkward, and taking the highway routes to make good use of the excellent radar-based adaptive cruise control. The SUV excels on the open road, especially at speed.
It appears that Jeep has finally delivered one of the best overall vehicles in the midsize SUV segment.
Sadly, and despite setting a day aside for it, we never had the chance to take the Grand Cherokee off the pavement and try its Select-Terrain system (our planned trip to an off-road park was pushed off the schedule when another automaker was late with a vehicle delivery). Based on previous experience, the new revisions will only improve its competence after the concrete ends.
As you have likely concluded, we really enjoyed our time with the improved Grand Cherokee. It appears that Jeep has finally delivered one of the best overall vehicles in the midsize SUV segment. In base form, the $31,000 Laredo version competes exceptionally well against the Nissan Pathfinder, Honda Pilot, Toyota Highlander and Ford Explorer – we’d likely choose it over all four if a third row of seating weren’t required, and especially if off-road excursions were on our extended menu.
Yet more impressive than beating a typical mid-priced soft-roader is the Overland’s ability to be a worthy lower-cost alternative to the widely praised BMW X5 and Mercedes-Benz M-Class. The American beats both in content, equals them in ride quality and is more capable on rough terrain. Thanks to a host of new cosmetic and mechanical upgrades for 2014, the Grand Cherokee has emerged as America’s new midsize SUV standard of excellence.
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Chevrolet (NYSE:GM) has been seen putting its new, revamped Chevy Cruze compact sedan through its paces, but upon release, it will have to contend with Ford’s (NYSE:F) freshly renewed Focus. More than a pretty face, Ford seems to think that the new Focus will be among the most advanced vehicles in its class. First things first. The Focus has obviously gotten an updated front fascia, evoking the design language that is becoming increasingly commonplace on Ford’s global options. Its headlights have been slightly elongated and now take more after those found on the 2015 Mustang and seemingly less than the Fusion midsize sedan. The grille, however, takes after the latter.
Accentuated fog light housings and a splitter-style floor of the front bumper give the Focus a far sportier and aggressive appearance than its segment demands, but as shown with its Fusion, the formula appears to be working wonders for Ford.
The back has been adjusted as well, though perhaps not to the same extent. The rear lights are different but wholly similar to the outgoing model; the raked rear window and and muscular haunches help give the new Focus a planted, forward-leaning stance, which makes the car look aggressive beyond its performance bracket. It will only get better, we expect, with the new ST variant of this new car.
“We have taken the title of world’s best-selling nameplate to impressive new heights with the redesigned Focus,” Joe Hinrichs, Ford’s executive vice president and president of the Americas, said in the company’s statement. “Its combination of compelling, modern design and the most high-tech interior in the class will appeal to contemporary consumers who desire a small car with very sophisticated features.”
Under the hood, Ford has implanted the 1-liter EcoBoost engine, which can also be found in the Fiesta subcompact. This means better fuel economy for consumers and for Ford, possibly a better handle on the compact car market.
“The 1.0 liter EcoBoost engine is proof that excellent fuel economy and performance can come in one package,” said Raj Nair, Ford’s group vice president of global product development. “Focus is already known for bringing together efficiency and fun, and our latest addition will bring consumers a whole new level of enjoyment — on the road and at the pump.”
Though it’s new to the U.S., the small EcoBoost engine is already well acquainted in Europe. Ford says that the 1-liter EcoBoost accounts for 32 percent of sales of the current-generation Focus and 26 percent of sales for the Fiesta for this year.
Inside, Ford will — for the first time — throw in a rearview camera as standard equipment on either the 4.2-inch screen or the 8-inch screen on cars loaded with MyFord Touch. MyFord Touch is also available with in the Ford F150 Truck and all Ford SuperDuty Trucks. Radar systems, lane departure warnings, and blind spot detection will also be available. The new Focus will go on sale later this year. Check for more information at Global Media Relations Group, or GMGRinc.com.Ford Fusion Louisville Kentucky KY, Ford Focus Louisville Kentucky KY, Ford Fiesta Louisville Kentucky KY, Chevy Cruze Louisville Kentucky KY
2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel Pickup Logs 8,000 Orders In Three Days from a dealer and those buying.
The 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel pickup hasn’t quite reached dealers yet, but its high fuel-economy rating is already making an impression on truck buyers.
Ram says it received more than 8,000 orders for the EcoDiesel in just three days, completely filling the initial allocation planned for the diesel half-ton pickup.
A significant number of those orders–more than twice the corporate average, Ram says–are from individual customers, rather than dealers building stock.
And those customers placed their orders even though they most likely haven’t even test-driven the new trucks.
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The flurry of buyer interest comes shortly after the announcement of an EPA fuel-economy rating of 23 mpg combined for rear-wheel drive models.2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel
That corresponds to a city rating of 20 mpg, and a highway rating of 28 mpg–which Ram says is the highest for any full-size pickup truck ever tested by the EPA.
Four-wheel drive models are rated at 22 mpg combined (19 mpg city, 27 mpg highway).
The 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V-6 is the same one used in the Jeep Grand Cherokee EcoDiesel, and is the only diesel engine available in a half-ton truck this year.
The engine produces 240 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque. An eight-speed automatic is the only transmission option.
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Like the rest of the Ram 1500 pickup range, the EcoDiesel is equipped with other fuel-saving features, including active grille shutters, aerodynamic under-body panels, and an engine start-stop system.
Production of the 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel began this month, but trucks won’t be delivered until March, following a build-quality review process that is standard procedure for new models.
Trucks ordered by individual customers will get priority over those ordered by dealers so those buyers should receive their vehicles first. The 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel Pickup should be ready for re-sale on pre-owned used car & truck lots by mid 2020.For More Information on the following: 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel Pickup, Green Cars & Trucks, Ford Diesel Trucks, Chevy Diesel Trucks, Louisville Kentucky Dealer, Dealers, EcoDiesel Trucks for Sale, Diesel Trucks for Sale, Ford F150 EcoBoost Truck, Chevy Silverado Diesel
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The Volkswagen Jetta was redesigned for the 2011 model year. Two model years later, Volkswagen has given its compact sedan significant updates, and will start selling the new 2013 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid in October.
Higher trims have new features, so if you’re looking at base Jetta S models, you could save money by purchasing a 2012 Jetta. Updates begin with the SE trim, which receives power-reclining front seats and a leather-covered steering wheel, handbrake and shift knob. Volkswagen added a six-way power-adjustable driver’s seat with manual lumbar support and softer dashboard materials to the SEL trim. Kicking Tires says, “It should clear up our complaints about the Jetta’s hard, hollow-sounding dashboard.”
Car and Driver agrees, but is disappointed that only the SEL trim receives the higher-quality materials. “Unfortunately, the rest of the Jetta lineup—S, SE, and diesel TDI trim levels—keep their hard-plastic dashes.”
For 2013, Volkswagen introduces a new trim, called SEL with Navigation. In addition to a touch-screen navigation system, this trim has a premium Fender sound system.
TDI models, which have a clean diesel engine, gain a chrome grille, chrome window trim, power-reclining front seats, as well as a leather-covered steering wheel, handbrake and shift knob. TDI Premium with Navigation models have 17-inch wheels and a six-way, power-adjustable driver’s seat.
Top-of-the-line Jetta GLI models with VW’s DSG automated manual transmission have a new feature called launch control for 2013. Volkswagen says in a statement that it “can be engaged by the driver when the vehicle is at a stop, allowing for a perfect launch with controlled wheelspin.” The highest trim, the GLI Autobahn with Navigation, gains two additional features: Bi-Xenon headlights with LED daytime running lights and a rearview camera.
The all-new 2013 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid hits the market in October. It’s fitted with a turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 150 horsepower, an electric motor that produces 27 horsepower and a DSG seven-speed automated manual transmission. Together, the electric motor and gasoline engine make 170 horsepower. The EPA hasn’t released fuel economy figures yet, but Volkswagen predicts it will get 45 mpg combined. The 2013 Jetta Hybrid will be available in three trims, and the base model has standard satellite radio, Bluetooth and LED taillights. A Fender sound system, rearview camera, navigation, heated front seats and power driver’s seat are available with upgrades.
Pricing for the 2013 Volkswagen Jetta and Jetta Hybrid isn’t available yet, but the gas-only 2012 Jetta starts at $16,645.