J.D. Power http://michiganradio.org en Car buyers increasingly internet and app-savvy http://michiganradio.org/post/car-buyers-increasingly-internet-and-app-savvy <p>It's not just "Gen Y" consumers using their smart phone apps, social media, and the internet to decide what car to buy.</p><p>Four out of five people used a broad array of digital sources of information when narrowing down their search, according to a new survey by J.D. Power and Associates.</p><p>About half did not have a brand preference when they began their search.</p><p>Researcher Arianne Walker says car companies need to be everywhere - because consumers are.</p> Tue, 10 Sep 2013 18:34:30 +0000 Tracy Samilton 14353 at http://michiganradio.org Car buyers increasingly internet and app-savvy In this morning's news: Governor pushes Medicaid, teachers rally in capitol, GM receives top score http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-news-governor-pushes-medicaid-teachers-rally-capitol-gm-receives-top-score <p><strong>Governor cuts trip short</strong></p><p>Governor Rick Snyder will return early from his trip to Israel today in order to lobby for Medicaid expansion. Snyder will encourage fellow Republicans to pass the legislation. “Today is the last day for lawmakers to pass Medicaid expansion before their two-month summer break,” reports Jake Neher.</p><p><strong>Teachers protest education legislation</strong></p><p>Michigan<a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/teachers-rally-lansing-more-support-public-education"> teachers rallied</a> in Lansing yesterday to protest legislation that would allow state officials to close struggling school districts.&nbsp; According to the Associated Press, “the legislation lets the state superintendent and treasurer dissolve a district with 300 to 2,400 students if certain criteria are met.”</p><p><strong>General Motors receives high ratings</strong></p><p>For the first time ever, General Motors topped the Initial Quality Survey released by automotive tracking firm J.D. Power.&nbsp; Michigan Radio’s Tracy Samilton <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/general-motors-vehicles-have-fewest-problems-first-90-days">reports</a> that GM received a better score than any other corporation in the study.&nbsp; She says "people are reporting very few mechanical problems.&nbsp; Most automakers have drummed out serious engine and transmission&nbsp;defects from their cars."</p><p> Thu, 20 Jun 2013 12:53:25 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 13153 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's news: Governor pushes Medicaid, teachers rally in capitol, GM receives top score General Motors vehicles have fewest problems in first 90 days http://michiganradio.org/post/general-motors-vehicles-have-fewest-problems-first-90-days <p align="LEFT">This year's vehicle Initial Quality Survey by the business&nbsp;tracking firm J.D Power and Associates is a bit of a stunner.</p><p align="LEFT">The survey asks people how many problems they had with their car in the first 90 days of ownership.</p><p align="LEFT">The top auto company was GM.&nbsp;</p><p align="LEFT">The company's GMC brand was second only to Porsche.&nbsp; That's the first time GMC has ranked anywhere near that high&nbsp;in the history of the survey.&nbsp;&nbsp; Chevy was fifth, also a dramatic rise in the rankings.</p> Wed, 19 Jun 2013 21:33:20 +0000 Tracy Samilton 13146 at http://michiganradio.org Vehicles hit all-time dependability record http://michiganradio.org/post/vehicles-hit-all-time-dependability-record <p>J.D. Power reports that average vehicle dependability was better than any year since the study began in 1989.</p><p>The study looks at problems reported for three-year-old vehicles.&nbsp; So, the 2013 study looks at vehicles purchased in 2010.</p><p>On average, there were 126 problems reported for every 100 vehicles - or, put another way, not much more than one problem per vehicle.</p><p>Lexus once again led the pack, improving from 86 problems per 100 last year, to 71 this year.</p><p>Porsche followed with 94, and Lincoln was third best, with 112.</p> Wed, 13 Feb 2013 22:38:05 +0000 Tracy Samilton 11224 at http://michiganradio.org Vehicles hit all-time dependability record