July 28, 2013

Auto Briefs

Toyota's new service center has test course; VW big winner in APEAL scores


Mechanics work on a Prius at the new Toyota training center in Tajimi, Japan. (Yuri Kageyama / The Associated Press)

Toyota training center also has test track
As part of its focus on quality, Toyota recently opened a new training facility for mechanics and equipped it with a 0.8-mile test course that simulates 13 driving conditions, including cobblestones, bumpy roads and wet surfaces. The Tajimi Service Center in Japan is among the biggest training centers for any automaker and is expected to train up to 4,800 mechanics a year.
The Associated Press



Five VW cars among picks high in APEAL
The Porsche Boxster (shown) was among the vehicles to earn a top ranking in the J.D. Power 2013 Automotive Performance, Execution and Layout (APEAL) Study. The annual look at what owners like about their vehicles after 90 days of ownership is based on eight categories of performance and design. Volkswagen Group received the highest number of segment awards, for the Audi allroad, Porsche Boxster and Cayenne, and Volkswagen GTI and Passat. The Land Rover Range Rover earned the highest APEAL score of any model.
Award recipients:
City car: Fiat 500
Compact CUV: Mazda CX-5
Compact car: Chevrolet Volt
Compact multipurpose vehicle: Kia Soul
Compact premium CUV: Audi allroad
Compact premium car: Lincoln MKZ
Compact premium sports car: Porsche Boxster
Compact sporty car: Volkswagen GTI
Large CUV: Nissan Amada
Large car: Dodge Charger
Large heavy-duty pickup: Ford F-250/F-350 Super Duty
Large light-duty pickup: Chevrolet Avalanche
Large premium CUV: Land Rover Range Rover
Large premium car: Lexus LS
Midsize CUV: Nissan Murano
Midsize car: Volkswagen Passat
Midsize premium CUV: Porsche Cayenne
Midsize premium car: BMW 5 Series
Midsize premium sporty car: Mercedes-Benz SL-Class
Midsize sporty car: Ford Mustang
Minivan: Honda Odyssey
Sub-compact CUV: Buick Encore
Subcompact car: Chevrolet Sonic
For more details, visit J.D. Power.
NWautos staff


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