Day: September 1, 2021

Monterey Car Week Pumped Millions Into The Economy

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Tell us again how selfish it is to be a car enthusiast…

With Monterey Car Week actually being held this year after the event was canceled for 2020, the gathering injected some much-needed economic relief into the area. According to a local report, just revenue from car enthusiasts staying in hotels almost reached $41 million.

Learn who the winners of the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance were here.

The 10-day event is filled with all kinds of auctions, cruises, shows, and even vintage racing at Laguna Seca. As the capstone event, the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance receives considerable media coverage, which has the potential to interest even more people to visit the area at other times of the year. All those automotive events draw in people from around the world, where they not only stay in hotels but also eat at restaurants,

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Car owners’ new gripe: lousy wireless service

The biggest frustration among new car owners is that they can’t get their car and smartphone to talk to one another, a new J.D. Power study finds.

Why it matters: Consumers want their digital lives to follow them seamlessly in the car, which is why Apple CarPlay and Android Auto have become so popular. But if the wireless connection is glitchy, such features don’t work, leaving car owners unhappy.

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  • “Owners are caught in the middle when vehicle and phone technologies don’t properly connect,” says Dave Sargent, vice president of automotive quality at J.D. Power.

Driving the news: 1 in 4 problems cited by car buyers in the first 90 days of ownership involves infotainment, according to the J.D. Power 2021 Initial Quality Study (IQS), released Tuesday.

  • For the first time in a decade,

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These are the 23 highest quality new cars, trucks and SUVs of 2021, according to J.D. Power

The Ram truck and van brand bested all other automotive brands as the highest quality vehicle lineup for the 2021 model year, according to an influential study.

The closely followed J.D. Power Initial Quality Study named Ram and its sibling brand, Dodge, as the first and second highest quality brands in the industry, respectively.

They topped top-of-the-list stalwart Lexus, the luxury brand made by Toyota. Lexus tied for third with Mitsubishi.

“This is not a data-point; this is a trend,” said Mark Champine, head of North America customer experience at Stellantis, which makes the Ram, Dodge, Jeep, Chrysler and Fiat brands, in a statement. “Anyone who knows the robustness of our product-improvement processes, as well as the engagement level of our workforce, is not surprised by these latest results.”

The 35th annual J.D. Power study assessed the first three months of 2021 model-year vehicle ownership among nearly 111,000 owners, who

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