March 22, 2013

Auto Briefs

Consumer Reports lists top used cars; efficiency key to Hyundai's growth



Consumer Reports' picks for used cars
Consumer Reports has compiled a Best & Worst Used Cars list for model years 2003 through 2012. The magazine looked at four price categories, ranging from $10,000 or less up to $25,000. The following cars were chosen as the best in the $15,000-$20,000 price range:
Small cars: 2010-11 Toyota Prius (shown)and 2011-12 Hyundai Elantra
Sedans: 2011-12 Toyota Camry (four-cylinder) and 2006-07 Infiniti M
SUVs: 2007-08 Honda Pilot and 2009 Mazda CX-9
Complete lists can be found in the April issue of Consumer Reports.
NWautos staff



Hyundai growth slows due to limited output
Hyundai, after boosting U.S. sales of its cars and trucks 75 percent since 2008, expects its slowest annual growth in the market in five years as the South Korean company bumps up against limits in plant capacity. Industrywide sales rose 8.4 percent this year through February, compared with a 2.3 percent gain for Hyundai. But there are no plans to add plants. Rather, the company says it plans slow growth through improved efficiency.
Bloomberg News


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