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Study: Updated J.D. Power APEAL study shines on VW Group, Chevy

By Brandon Turkus

2013 Volkswagen full line parked in field

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J.D. Power has just revealed the results of its 2013 APEAL Study, which looks at which brands have the most appealing cars based on sales figures, dealer inventory, brand loyalty, transaction and trade-in prices. The study was revamped for 2013, and places a larger focus on the new tech and infotainment options available to customers. All told, study participants gauged their vehicles on 77 different attributes, delivering a score out of a 1,000 points.

The Volkswagen Group had the greatest success of any corporation, topping the APEAL rankings with the Audi Allroad, Porsche Boxster, Porsche Cayenne, VW GTI and Passat. Chevrolet had the highest number of awards for a single brand, though, with the Avalanche, Sonic and Volt all taking home a prize.

The best brand overall was Porsche, which scored 884 out of a possible 1,000 points. The top Japanese brand was Lexus with a score of 847, while the top American brand was Cadillac, at 841. The best mainstream brand was Ram, which received a very respectable 817. The industry average for this year’s study was 795, with 16 brands, all of which were mainstream, falling below the average.

There were a few surprises for the individual model awards, as well. The Buick Encore took the sub-compact CUV class, while the Ford Mustang was the winner of the mid-size sporty car segment. The Lincoln MKZ beat out the BMW 3 Series, Cadillac ATS, and a spate of others to capture the compact premium car segment. Finally, the redesigned Land Rover Range Rover was the first vehicle outside of the large premium car segment to net the highest overall score. For more details, scroll down to read the official press release.

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Updated J.D. Power APEAL study shines on VW Group, Chevy originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 24 Jul 2013 14:31:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Official: Volkswagen Golf named 2013 World Car of the Year

By Steven J. Ewing

Volkswagen Golf wins 2013 World Car of the Year

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The second day of the New York Auto Show festivities have just kicked with the annual World Car of the Year awards, and we’ve just learned that the top honors for 2013 go to the seventh-generation Volkswagen Golf. The win marks the second in a row for Volkswagen, which also collected the hardware in 2012 for its Up! supermini.

The World Car awards are handed out by a panelist of 66 auto journalists from around the world, including Autoblog European Editor, Matt Davis. Runners-up for the big award included the Audi A3, Land Rover Range Rover, Mazda6, Mazda CX-5, Mercedes-Benz A-Class, Peugeot 208, Porsche Boxster/Cayman, Scion FR-S/Subaru BRZ/Toyota GT86 and Volvo V40.

Also announced this morning is the winner of the 2013 World Performance Car award. In this category, the Porsche Boxster and Cayman has been picked by the jury over a number of other contenders, including the Aston Martin Vanquish, Audi RS5, BMW M6, BMW M135i, Ferrari F12 Berlinetta, Mercedes-Benz SL63 AMG, Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster, Renault Clio Sport and the Toyobaru triplets.

Moving to more eco-friendly matters, the World Green Car award has been handed to the – surprise, surprise – Tesla Model S. The all-electric sedan topped the Renault Zoe, Smart ForTwo Electric Drive, Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid and Volvo V60 Plug-In Hybrid Diesel.

Lastly, the annual World Car Design laurels have been awarded to the impossibly pretty Jaguar F-Type, besting other attractive finalists including the Aston Martin Vanquish, Renault Clio, Land Rover Range Rover, Mazda6 and Volkswagen Golf.

Have a look at all the World Car winners in our galleries below.

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Volkswagen Golf named 2013 World Car of the Year originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 28 Mar 2013 09:57:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Report: Is this the Spyker B6 Venator Concept?

By Jeremy Korzeniewski

Spyker B6 Venator

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The car you see above may in fact be the Spyker B6 Venator Concept that’s headed for a debut at the Geneva Motor Show early next week. According to a report from the Wall Street Journal, which included this image, the car will use a mid-mounted 375-horsepower V6 engine and is about the size of the Porsche Boxster.

With a weight of just 3,080 pounds, though, those ponies are moving just 8.21 pounds apiece, which puts the B6 Venator in a dead power-to-weight heat with the 911 Carerra. That said, Spyker’s Victor Muller tells WSJ that this will not be a “Porsche killer.”

So, what underpins the new Spyker? WSJ points out that the car’s specifications are very close to those of the Lotus Evora S, and we know that the British boutique automaker is happy to lend engineering support where it’s necessary. We don’t know for sure what the B6 Venator is based on, but Muller reportedly pegged his role in the process as “designer.” In any case, we’re sure the B6 will have all the aero-inspired detailing of past Spyker models. It will reportedly be priced between 125,000 and 150,000 euros, with production “in the hundreds.”

WSJ also says we are to expect a P2P (Peking-to-Paris) super-sport-utility vehicle based on Saab’s unused Phoenix architecture with financial backing from China’s Youngman, as we’ve previously heard.

Is this the Spyker B6 Venator Concept? originally appeared on Autoblog on Sat, 02 Mar 2013 10:45:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Lana Del Rey Has A Burning Desire For The Jaguar F-Type: Video

By Kurt Ernst

Jaguar's F-Type roadster

Jaguar’s F-Type roadster

To be honest, we have no idea who Lana Del Rey is, other than “some British singer.” While there’s no denying that she’s easy on the eyes, so is the upcoming Jaguar F-Type roadster. To promote the car, Jaguar is tying into Del Rey’s latest video, which is big on heavy breathing and sex appeal.

There’s nothing wrong with that, but let’s be clear on one point: a truly remarkable sports car will sell itself. If the F-Type is as good as Jaguar claims it is, then all the sexed-up music videos in the world won’t sell one additional car. If it isn’t above the competition, especially at the price Jaguar is asking, then all the steamy videos in the world won’t help move inventory.

While we’ve yet to climb behind the wheel of the F-Type, we can’t help question the logic of Jaguar’s pricing. The base model, with a supercharged 3.0-liter V-6, starts at $69,875 including destination charge. Opt for the mid-range F-Type S, which uses the same engine but gets a 40 horsepower bump (to 380 hp), and the base price is $81,875. If only the fastest model will do, expect to pay at least $92,875 for the supercharged F-Type V8 S, which makes 495 horsepower.

Whether Jaguar likes it or not, the F-Type will be shopped against the less-powerful (but beautifully balanced) Porsche Boxster and Boxster S. The Boxster, which only makes 265 horsepower from its normally-aspirated flat-six engine, starts at just $50,450, while the faster Boxster S (which makes 315 hp) is priced from $61,850.

That makes the Boxster S more than $8,000 less expensive than the base Jaguar F-Type. Will the car’s pricing prove to be overly ambitious, or right on the money? Will Lana Del Rey help sell the F-Type to the affluent and fashionable crowd? Will the F-Type help boost Lana Del Rey’s career? Why is a woman, dressed in orange, walking a tiger in the city?

We can’t answer any of those questions, but we’re just as curious as you are.

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2013 Porsche Boxster S PDK Tested: A Bargain Exotic with a Mighty Fine Automatic

By Ron Sessions

2013 Porsche Boxster S PDK automatic

For those of you who might have been encased in amber the past 15 years or perhaps stuck in a universe of flying dirigibles, a golden Statue of Liberty, and Sony Betamax VCRs, we’d like to welcome you to the other side. The bad news: During your absence, all the ten-penny mid-engined sportsters such as the Lotus Elise and the Toyota MR2 have been superseded by exotics with entomological monikers and six-figure price tags. All, that is, but the Porsche Boxster, which launched around the time you entered hibernation. READ MORE ››

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Porsche Boxster

The Porsche Boxster is a two-door luxury roadster with serious sporting potential. Tremendous steering feel, a range of responsive engines and characteristic Porsche quality have led the Boxster to the top of the segment over its 15-year run. Competition from the Audi TT, BMW Z4, and Nissan 370Z Roadster make for a tough crowd. Priced from about…
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