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Kia Tops J.D. Power’s Annual Quality Awards
FCA Dealers Get Software to Prevent Rollaways of Recalled Jeep Grand Cherokees
Lawsuit Filed Against GM Over Chevy Diesel Emissions
Crash Tests Raises Questions About Front-Seat Safety in Some SUVs
Mercedes-Benz Tech Brings Cars Closer to Self Driving
Millions of U.S. Consumers Are Escaping Subprime
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Kia Tops J.D. Power’s Annual Quality Awards

For the first time in 27 years, a non-premium brand beat out its luxury counterparts to rank highest in initial quality, according to the the J.D. Power 2016 U.S. Initial Quality Study released Wednesday. Kia reported the fewest problems per 100 vehicles in the first 90 days of ownership, beating out second-place Porsche. It’s the first time a non-premium brand has claimed the study’s top spot since Toyota in 1989. Overall, 21 of 33 brands improved as overall industry quality rose 6 percent compared to 2015.
Source: The Detroit News

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FCA Dealers Get Software to Prevent Rollaways of Recalled Jeep Grand Cherokees

Fiat Chrysler has sent its dealers new software allowing them to install a software-based “Auto Park” feature in 2014-15 Jeep Grand Cherokees intended to prevent the vehicles from moving when the driver’s side door is open and the shifter is not in park. The automaker said it will begin notifying owners of the recalled SUVs beginning Friday to schedule appointments with dealers.
Source: Automotive News

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Lawsuit Filed Against GM Over Chevy Diesel Emissions

A class-action lawsuit was filed Wednesday in federal court in California, alleging General Motors Co. and Chevrolet falsely and deceptively marketed its Cruze Diesel as a “clean vehicle.” The suit also claims that GM and Chevy used emissions-cheating software that allowed the vehicles to pollute at higher than standard levels.
Source: The Detroit News

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Crash Tests Raises Questions About Front-Seat Safety in Some SUVs

A new round of crash tests shows passengers in the front seat of some SUVs involved in serious collisions may not get the same level of protection as drivers. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety replicated small front-overlap crashes with seven small SUVs that received good ratings after the front driver's side corner of the vehicle hit a barrier at 40 mph. But with this round of tests, the institute crashed the front passenger side of the SUVs. What happened? Only two models were rated as "good," while one model was rated "poor."
Source: CNBC

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Mercedes-Benz Tech Brings Cars Closer to Self Driving

Fully self-driving cars are still a few years away, but Mercedes-Benz makes a leap forward with features in the new 2017 E-Class, its midsize luxury sedan and one of its best-selling models. All the basic stuff you'd expect in a German luxury car is there, such as adaptive cruise control, plenty of airbags, and the system that helps protect passengers if the car determines an accident is imminent,  tightening seat belts and aggressively braking the car. But the new E-Class goes further with [new] technologies.
Source: Cars.com

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Millions of U.S. Consumers Are Escaping Subprime

The percentage of Americans with subprime credit scores has fallen to the lowest level in more than a decade, a development that could give bank lending and the overall economy a boost. The share of U.S. adults with credit scores that are considered “subprime” fell to 20.7% in April, the sixth consecutive year-over-year decline and the lowest level since at least 2005, when Fair Isaac Corp. , or FICO, started tracking the data. The ranks of subprime borrowers swelled during the financial crisis, peaking at 25.5% in 2010 as mortgage payments, credit-card bills and other debts went unpaid.
Source: The Wall Street Journal

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                  -- Renee Stephens, vice president of U.S. automotive quality at J.D. Power, commenting on the 2016 U.S. Initial Quality Study, The Detroit News, June 22

               
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