AutoPacific Announces 2013 Ideal Vehicle Award Winners

            AutoPacific Announces 2013 Ideal Vehicle Award Winners

PR Newswire

TUSTIN, Calif., Aug. 15, 2013

TUSTIN, Calif., Aug. 15, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Automotive research and
consulting firm AutoPacific, Inc. today announced the 2013 Ideal Vehicle
Awards (IVAs).

"AutoPacific's Ideal Vehicle Awards are very significant because they identify
which automotive manufacturers listen best to their buyers when updating and
developing their latest vehicles," said George Peterson, President of
AutoPacific. "In addition to identifying segment winners, the IVAs also
establish numerical Ideal Vehicle Ratings for virtually every passenger car
and light truck in the United States market. With 38% of car buyers being
positively influenced by owner-based awards like the IVAs, these awards can
give car shoppers a great head start finding cars and trucks that have best
satisfied their friends, neighbors and other buyers like them".

Established in 2006, the IVAs recognize the cars that best meet their owner's
expectations and desires about their automotive purchases. Based on a
model-year survey of automotive owners, the IVAs are designed to help
consumers make informed vehicle purchase decisions with a true "peer-to-peer"
survey. More than 52,000 vehicle owners across all major manufacturers were
surveyed to reveal the vehicles that best meet their owners' demands. The
survey reflects the views of owners who have driven their 2013 vehicles for 90
days or more. Owners were asked what changes they would make to their car or
truck. The Ideal Vehicle Awards recognize vehicles where owners want the
least amount of change across 15 key vehicle attributes including: exterior
styling, exterior size, passenger roominess, cargo space, driver's seat
comfort, driver's seat visibility, info/entertainment technology, interior
lighting, power and acceleration, ease of getting in and out, interior storage
compartments, ride, handling, safety features and tires and wheels.

"The Ideal Vehicle Awards complement AutoPacific's recently announced Vehicle
Satisfaction Awards. We gladly provide car buyers with consumer-to-consumer
points-of-view to assist them with their car buying choices. The Ideal Vehicle
Awards offer shoppers a unique perspective based on current owners' ratings."
Peterson continued, "We are pleased to announce this year's winners and
congratulate the manufacturers on their ongoing commitment to listening to
their customer and providing the vehicles that come closest to their buyers'

Some Highlights in the 2013 IVAs

The top Premium Brand is Porsche. The top-scoring Popular Brand is Chrysler
Group's Ram brand. The top-scoring vehicle, overall, is the Mercedes-Benz
ML-Class Luxury Crossover SUV.

Ford Motor Company vehicles score the most segment wins with four categories.
With its 2013 win, the Ford Flex Large Crossover SUV has won the IVA award in
each of its four years of existence. The Ford F-150 has won the Light Duty
Pickup IVA for the past six years.

General Motors vehicles win four categories.

Toyota Motor Sales vehicles have two wins for Lexus and one for Toyota.
Toyota hybrids win the IVAs for both cars (Toyota Avalon Hybrid) and trucks
(Lexus RX450h).

Chrysler Group vehicles win two categories with the Jeep Grand Cherokee
winning for three years in a row.

The Honda Fit has won the IVA in the Economy Car category for the past five

Porsche has won the IVA for Sports Cars in seven of the past eight years.

The MINI hardtop has won the award for the past two years.

2013 Overall Winner
Mercedes-Benz ML-Class
Premium Brand (2013 Model Year)
Popular Brand (2013 Model Year)
Luxury Car                Light Duty Pickup
Hyundai Equus            Ford F-150
Aspirational Luxury Car Heavy Duty Pickup
Audi A5                 Chevrolet Silverado
Large Car                 Luxury/Large SUV
Ford Taurus       GMC Yukon
Luxury Mid-Size Car     Mid-Size SUV
Lexus ES      Jeep Grand Cherokee (tie)
Mid-Size Car                 Luxury Crossover SUV
Nissan Altima                Mercedes-Benz ML-Class
Premium Compact Car          Large Crossover SUV
MINI 2-door                  Ford Flex
Compact Car                  Premium Mid-Size Crossover SUV
Volkswagen Beetle            Chevrolet Equinox
Economy Car                  Mid-Size Crossover SUV
Honda Fit                    Ford Escape
Sports Car                   Compact Crossover SUV
Porsche 911                  Subaru XV Crosstrek
Sporty Car                   Minivan
Chevrolet Camaro             Chrysler Town & Country
Hybrid/EV Car                Hybrid/EV Truck
Toyota Avalon Hybrid         Lexus RX450h

SOURCE AutoPacific

Contact: Dan Hall,, 714.838.4234, or 800.576.AUTO, or
Ron Zarowitz, 248.462.9839
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