buying As Automobiles Get Cleaner, 'New Car Smell' Is Likely on Its Way Out
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"New car smell" is a pleasant scent to many, although it's not something that manufacturers necessarily apply at the factory. The various odors a car emits when you buy it are due to synthetic materials in the car off-gassing volatile organic compounds or VOCs. VOCs, asare things like acetaldehyde, acrolein, benzene, formaldehyde, styrene, toluene, and xylene. Basically, nasty synthetic gasses that evaporate off plastic surfaces during the hot day and then condense back into the car's plastic surfaces at night. In high enough concentrations, these VOCs can cause symptoms in humans like nausea, headaches, itchy eyes--basically, an allergic reaction.
Subaru and Lexus buyers are most loyal to brands, J.D. Power study says
The latest Automotive Brand Loyalty Study shows it's becoming tougher for brands to coax buyers away from their rivals.The study, now in its second year, calculates brand loyalty based on the percentage of owners who stick with the same brand when trading in their current car or purchasing another one. It also accounts for any model year a customer trades in, though data collected comes from June 2019 to May 2020.
This issue came to a head recently in the new Hyundai Palisade. At least one of the nasty synthetic materials the Korean brand used to put the SUV together showed its true stripes, making the interiorAnd while that scent was unpleasant on the face of it, all VOCs are not good things to have floating around in the air. As a result, organizations are stepping in to force automakers to stop inadvertently making the air inside cars toxic.
Honda, Nissan were targets for merger in Japan, report says
Some Japanese officials wanted the two automakers to merge, but both companies swiftly rejected the idea, according to a report.Sources speaking to the publication who are familiar with the frankly wild discussions said Japanese government officials brought the idea to Nissan and Honda in an effort to address two problems with the country's domestic automakers. Nissan had long been in trouble, and according to the sources, officials were frightened the Renault-Nissan Alliance could dissolve altogether. As for Honda, officials reportedly remain wary of Japan's third-largest automaker as rivals merge and consolidate.
The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe has been sniffing around this issue since 2014 and although the group said itsit only just updated in June, according to Autocar. Other organizations are interested in tackling the stink as well, particularly in Asia where complaints concerning unpleasant or harmful odors in car's interiors seem to be especially prevalent.
In 2012, the Chinese government introduced voluntary regulations to attempt to limit the VOCs present in automobile interiors. This came after a survey in 2005 of 800 new car buyers by South Korea's Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport found that slightly more than half of new car buyers had complaints about the odor of their new car's interior. An unpleasant interior smell is also cited inas one of the biggest issues among new car buyers.
Ford, Honda, VW and BMW seal California fuel-economy and emissions deal
The voluntary deal flies in the face of newly announced standards from the Trump administration. © Provided by Roadshow The four automakers will improve fuel economy by 3.7% year-over-year, rather than 1.5%. Irfan Khan/Getty Images The California Air Resources Board sealed a new deal with the four major automakers on the matter, Reuters reported Monday, after initially announcing their intentions this time last year. CARB did not immediately return Roadshow's request for comment on the deal's finalization.
The aforementioned UNECE regulations have yet to be adopted by any country as of 2020; however, with complaints mounting around the globe, automakers will likely be forced to clean up their act sooner than later if they don't do it voluntarily. Vehicles likeand pride themselves on using more sustainable materials in the interior, but that's reflected in the price. but it may be a little while before more environmentally friendly, odorless materials become cheap enough for widespread adoption.
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Lincoln and Lexus leases will get cheaper, but there's a catch .
The offerings give new meaning to "ultra-low mileage" leases from luxury brands.According to a report from CarsDirect last Wednesday, both luxury brands are prepping 5,000-mile lease offers. Frankly, that's pretty wild. Fewer miles boosts the residual value in the lease calculations, which spits out a lower monthly payment for car shoppers. And in today's world, shoppers often look at monthly payments more than the final, total cost.