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Sep
2021
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Highest quality 2021 new cars, trucks, SUVs, 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 answered 223 questions about features like infotainment, powertrain, comfort and safety.

The assessment is separate from J.D. Power’s annual Vehicle Dependability Study, which tracks the reliability of cars, trucks and SUVs after three years of use

The 2021 Ram 1500 TRX pickup. The Ram brand was named as the highest quality brand of the 2021 model year in the J.D. Power 2021 Initial Quality Study.

In the 2021 IQS study, the Nissan Maxima, a large car, ranked as the highest quality vehicle.

Korean automaker Hyundai Motor Group, which includes the Hyundai and Kia brands, had seven vehicles named as the highest quality models in their individual categories, the most of any company. (See the full list below.)

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Toyota had five, BMW four, Nissan three, General Motors two and Stellantis two.

The industry average was 162 problems per 100 vehicles, which was fourmore than in 2020. Twenty of the 32 measured brands improved their quality compared with 2020.

But infotainment shortcomings continue to undermine vehicle quality, according to J.D. Power.

It was “the most problematic category,” representing 1 in 4 of all problems and 6 of the 10 most common issues, according to J.D. Power.

One of the most common problems: people are frustrated when their phones don’t seamlessly connect with their vehicles.

“Owners are caught in the middle when vehicle and phone technologies don’t properly connect,” Dave Sargent, vice president of automotive quality at J.D. Power, said in a statement. “This year there are many examples of smartphone technology not working as intended in new vehicles. With more vehicles being fitted with the wireless technology owners want, the study reveals an increase in connectivity problems between smartphones and vehicles, leaving many owners unhappy.”

The five lowest officially ranked brands were Alfa Romeo, Volvo, Volkswagen, Audi and Chrysler. 

Tesla was not included in the official rankings since it does not provide permission for its owners to be surveyed in the 15 states where such permission is required. But based on the automaker’s scores in the other 35 states, it ranks as the third-lowest quality brand, according to J.D. Power. 

Aug
2021
23

Toyota cars, trucks, SUVs face limited availability amid chip shortage

That Toyota RAV4 you’ve been thinking about buying?

You might have to wait a while.

Toyota on Thursday announced temporary vehicle production cuts at operations in Japan and North America due to the global shortage of semiconductor chips.

The move is expected to further cramp the availability of new Toyota cars and trucks, which have already been in short supply in some cases.

What vehicles will be limited?

“A little bit of everything,” Toyota spokesman Scott Vazin said in an email.

The slowdown in production affects all of the company’s North American plants, including factories in Indiana and Kentucky, and is expected to last through September and “likely” into October, Vazin said. 

A shortage of new vehicles caused by the chip shortage has rippled across the auto industry, driving up used car prices to record highs and making currently leased vehicles more valuable. In some cases, used cars are increasing in value, shocking analysts who have long noted that cars are a depreciating asset.

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Toyota said it expects to reduce its output by about 60,000 to 90,000 vehicles in August and 80,000 in September.

Toyota has 14 plants in North America, including 10 in the U.S., with a total of more than 176,000 employees. The automaker’s U.S. plants made about 1 million of the 2.1 million vehicles the company sold in America in 2020.

The Toyota brand had only 20 days supply of new vehicles on hand at the end of July, while the company’s luxury Lexus brand had 23 days supply, according to Cox Automotive, which owns Kelley Blue Book and Autograder. The national average was 32 days.

“Toyota has been at or near the bottom for inventory for many months,” Autotrader analyst Michelle Krebs said in an email. “Lexus has been lowest among luxury makes.”

Part of the reason is that Toyota vehicles have been particularly popular during the pandemic, she said.

Toyota had already taken steps to reduce production in certain situations, including the output of the Tundra full-size pickup at its plant in San Antonio, Texas, said Chris Reynolds, Toyota North America executive.

“Long term we’re going to continue to work with our suppliers to get a better grasp of the global supply chain and minimize its impact,” said Reynolds, chief administrative officer of corporate resources.

You can follow USA TODAY reporter Nathan Bomey on Twitter @NathanBomey and subscribe to our free Daily Money newsletter here for personal finance tips and business news every Monday through Friday morning.

Apr
2020
9

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“Some families are just more adventurous than others. Wherever you want to go, whatever you want to do, there’s a GEOLANDAR tire for it.”

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Apr
2020
5

Official Home of Volkswagen Cars & SUVs

Introducing the Volkswagen
Community-Driven
Promise.

Introducing the Volkswagen
Community-Driven
Promise.

Introducing the Volkswagen
Community-Driven
Promise.

Introducing the
Volkswagen
Community-Driven
Promise.

Volkswagen and its dealerships across America
are lending a helping hand.

Volkswagen and its dealerships across America
are lending a helping hand.

Volkswagen and its dealerships across America
are lending a helping hand.

Volkswagen and its dealerships across
America
are lending a helping hand.

Flexible payment options for current VW owners.1

180 days deferment on your first month’s payment
& 0% APR for 72 months on most new VW models.2

For highly qualified customers through Volkswagen Credit. Learn More

Flexible payment options for current VW owners.1

180 days deferment on your first month’s payment
& 0% APR for 72 months on most new VW models.2

For highly qualified customers through Volkswagen Credit. Learn More

Flexible payment options for current VW owners.1

180 days deferment on your first month’s payment
& 0% APR for 72 months on most new VW models.2

For highly qualified customers through Volkswagen Credit. Learn More

Flexible payment options for current VW owners.1

180 days deferment on your first month’s payment

& 0% APR for 72 months on most new VW models.2

For highly qualified customers through Volkswagen Credit.
Learn More

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Mar
2020
31

Luxury sedans, SUVs, convertibles, electric vehicles & more




The Coronavirus (COVID-19) is presenting all of us with an unprecedented challenge. As we continue working closely with our dealers and Audi Financial Services, we want our customers to know we are here to offer the support you need.

The Coronavirus (COVID-19) is presenting all of us with an unprecedented challenge. As we continue working closely with our dealers and Audi Financial Services, we want our customers to know we are here to offer the support you need.


SUVs & WagonsStarting at $34,700


Sedans & SportbacksStarting at $33,300


Audi SportStarting at $56,200


Electric & HybridStarting at $52,900




Ultra-stylish and thoughtfully engineered, the 2020 Audi Q5 re-imagines what moves you in an SUV.

Technology-packed and stylishly crafted, the 2020 Audi Q3 offers drivers the perfect escape from the ordinary. Find where you need to be.

Technology-packed and stylishly crafted, the 2020 Audi Q3 offers drivers the perfect escape from the ordinary. Find where you need to be.

The 2019 Audi Q7 balances bold contours with driving dynamics and premium appointments with class-defining space.

From thrilling performance to boundary-pushing tech, the 2019 Audi A4 puts the driver at the center of our efforts.

The 2019 Audi A5 is defined by iconic design and expressive performance, so it thrills while it turns heads.

Delivering a brainly, athletic blend of performance and technology, the 2020 Audi A6 puts itself at the head of any class.

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Mar
2020
31

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We have a great selection of Billings Montana’s finest pre-owned cars, trucks and SUV’s. We also carry many commercial units and classic cars!

We have been in business at our current location since 1999 – We are family owned and operated – We offer financing through several local banks and credit unions as well as national lenders for every credit situation – We take great pride in our inventory and recondition them to a much higher standard than the auto industry average – We are are thankful for the amount of repeat customers and referrals we see on a consistent basis – We offer complete history reports on all units in stock – 

Questions please call 406-896-9833

Don’t take our word for it… see what our happy customers have to say.

Here’s a testimonial from one of our valued customers. Read more here!

  • “I bought my personal vehicle from the car factory when i worked at another carlot…I liked the way they did business so much that i actually came to… “
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Mar
2020
29

Mitsubishi Cars, SUVs, Hatchbacks & EVs

* Automotive Science Group’s (ASG) 2018 Automotive Performance Index™ (API) study. The 2018 Outlander and Outlander PHEV earned the Best 5 All-Around Performance™ award in the SUV segment, performing among the best five SUVs assessed in ASG’s 2018 API. According to ASG’s 2018 Vehicle Class Division Standard, the SUV segment included 372 vehicles (with trim variants) available as 2018 models in North America. Visit www.automotivescience.com.

** 2020 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross is a 2019 IIHS Top Safety Pick

*** The 2020 Eclipse Cross was awarded a 5-Star Safety Rating by the NHTSA. For more information, visit https://www.safercar.gov/.

1 Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price. Excludes destination/handling, tax, title, license etc. Retailer price, terms and vehicle availability may vary. See your Mitsubishi retailer for details.

2 The 2020 Mitsubishi Outlander is named a Kelley Blue Book 5-year cost to own champion in the midsize 3-row SUV class. 2020 model-year vehicle’s projected cost to own for the initial five-year ownership period is based on the average Kelley Blue Book 5-Year Cost to Own data which considers depreciation and costs such as fuel and insurance. For more information, visit www.kbb.com.

3 Based on Model Year 2019 Fuel Economy Guide (https://www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/pdfs/guides/FEG2019.pdf)

4 All coverage terms are from the original in-service dates and are applicable only to the original owner of new, retailed models purchased from an authorized Mitsubishi dealer. Subsequent owners receive the balance of the New Vehicle Limited Warranty of 5 years/60,000 miles. See retailer for limited warranty and roadside assistance terms and conditions.

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Mar
2020
29

Get the Best Deals on Used Cars For Sale Near You – Shop Used Cars, Trucks, SUVs and other Vehicles

Buying a used car

If you’ve come here looking for a great deal on a used or certified pre-owned (CPO) car, truck, SUV for sale, then you’re in the right place. Edmunds has everything you need to know about finding and buying the best cheap used car near you. At Edmunds we offer used car dealership listings and sales reviews, loan information, expert reviews, consumer car reviews, car cost comparisons (based on factors like condition, body style, mileage and trim level), vehicle appraisal calculators, images and videos, technical features and specs, user forums and more.

View all of Edmunds’ used inventory, containing hundreds of thousands of used automobiles, trucks and SUVs for sale with special offers, appraise your current vehicle for sale or trade-in value, and research the car of your dreams. You can limit your search to certified pre-owned vehicles for sale and be a click away from articles by our experts that will give you the best shopping and buying tips and advice. Let’s take a closer look at each of these aids to easier used-car shopping.

Just use the search bar at the top of the page to browse pre-owned autos for sale from popular makes such as Ford, Honda, Toyota, Chevrolet, Hyundai, Nissan, Acura and Jeep. Or select a body style with Edmunds’ curated lists of the most popular sedans, hybrids, SUVs, hatchbacks, wagons, coupes, convertibles, minivans or pickups. The inventory tool allows you to cast a much wider net than simply visiting your local dealership’s website. Start with the make and model of the vehicle that you’re interested in and refine your search by used auto price, distance, model year and mileage. If you’re looking for specific options or features, a certain trim level or a specific color, there are more advanced search filters available, including engine type, fuel type, drivetrain, powertrain, airbags, air conditioning and much more. After you find the automobile you’re interested in, select the listing to check out the VIN details page for that vehicle and get more information. There you’ll find a description of the vehicle from the dealer, vehicle features and options, contact information for that dealership, dealer reviews and a ballpark insurance estimate.

Quick guide to buying a used car

All you need to know in 5 easy steps

Buying a used car is one of the smartest financial decisions you can make. You pay less for the automobile and avoid the depreciation that new-car buyers face the moment the vehicle rolls off the dealer’s lot. Buying used has a number of other advantages as well. You will pay less for registration and insurance. Also, the margin for a discount may be greater when you buy a pre-owned automobile. And if you purchase the vehicle from a private party, you will likely get an even better price than you would at a dealership.

Edmunds has an in-depth 10-step guide to buying a used car, but this article streamlines the process into five essentials for people on the go.