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Drivers Still Want Their SUV’s, Despite Record
Calif., March 22 / -- The latest release of the New Vehicle-Buyer
Attitude Study on SUVs shows that purchase interest
in SUVs remains high despite soaring gas prices. Among car-buyers, interest in an SUV increased 3% over last
year, when pump prices were at 2003 highs.
those considering an SUV as their next purchase, their No. 1 concern
was rollover issues (49%), with impact on foreign oil dependence
ranking at the bottom of their concerns (19%).Favorability ratings
toward SUVs increased 5% over last year."
Are Convertibles Falling Out of Style? R. L. Polk
& Co Says “Maybe”
Mich., March 22 / -- A survey done by R.L. Polk shows that, in the
U.S., at least, convertibles are declining in popularity. For the second year in a row, sales in the U.S. market have
dropped, down 2.3 percent in 2003 when compared with 2002. This
added to a drop of 4.6 percent in the previous year.
peaked in 2001 with over 310,000 units sold, but have slowed in
recent years. Analysts consider convertibles more a more
discretionary purchase than most vehicles and are sensitive to
changes in consumer confidence and buying attitudes.
Your Design Could Be Seen at the 2005 North
American International Auto Show
March 22 / -- The world's top designers gather in Detroit each
January for the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS). If you aren't a designer for one of the major car companies
your best chance to have your work presented at NAIAS is as a
participant of the growing Michelin Challenge Design(TM).
year Michelin establishes a theme, and designs come in from all over
the world and are reviewed by an international panel of top
designers. Those selected will have their work featured at NAIAS.
Designers interested in participating should complete a
questionnaire on-line at www.michelinchallengedesign.com
by the April 15, 2004 deadline.
Auto Insurance - Bad Web Sites Driving Customers
EDMONTON, Alberta, March 23
/ -- Consumers would buy auto insurance on the Internet, but many
insurers' online quoting systems are so bad they are steering
business away. In a
study of 14 leading auto insurance web sites nearly half the
surveyors reported receiving error messages when they tried to get a
quote, and more than a third were put off requests for personal
information that should not be required just to get a quote, such as
whether you own your own home. If consumers have a problem
navigating an insurer's online quoting form, how painful would it be
to file a claim?