Mainstream auto brands’ quality catching up to luxury cars: J.D. Power

first_img COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS Finally some good news for the middle class: Mass-market auto brands are almost as good as luxury cars when it comes to lasting quality.J.D. Power’s annual vehicle dependability study, which measures problems per 100 vehicles for three-year-old cars, found the gap between premium and mass-market brands has narrowed significantly. Mainstream brands now have 143 problems per 100 cars, just seven more than premium models. “High quality is not the preserve of luxury brands,” Dave Sargent, vice-president for global automotive at J.D. Power, said in a phone interview. “Manufacturers are making their mass-market cars more dependable and reliable.”The narrowing gap between luxury and non-luxury brands comes as premium carmakers stuff their models with more and more technology — add-ons customers love until they act up. In-car tech, like entertainment, Bluetooth and navigation systems, cause the most problems, the study found. “Luxury cars tend to have a lot of features,” Sargent said, adding that when it comes to reliability, “less stuff is better.” Trending Videos Some notable luxury brands slipped in the rankings this year. Daimler’s Mercedes-Benz – fifth last year with 131 problems – fell below the industry average this year with 147 issues. Rival BMW stayed in the top 10, but dropped behind the Chevrolet brand. Land Rover finished second to last with 204 problems per 100 vehicles, beating only the Chrysler brand. ‹ Previous Next › Trending in Canada While Toyota’s luxury Lexus line and Porsche were the top two brands this year with 99 and 100 problems, respectively, two non-premium brands also made the top five: General Motors’s Buick; and Kia. Buick had 116 problems per 100 cars this year, 10 fewer than last year, while Kia had 122, a decline of 26 problems. PlayThe Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car everPlay3 common new car problems (and how to prevent them) | Maintenance Advice | Driving.caPlayFinal 5 Minivan Contenders | Driving.caPlay2021 Volvo XC90 Recharge | Ministry of Interior Affairs | Driving.caPlayThe 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is a new take on Canada’s fave truck | Driving.caPlayBuying a used Toyota Tundra? Check these 5 things first | Used Truck Advice | Driving.caPlayCanada’s most efficient trucks in 2021 | Driving.caPlay3 ways to make night driving safer and more comfortable | Advice | Driving.caPlayDriving into the Future: Sustainability and Innovation in tomorrow’s cars | Driving.ca virtual panelPlayThese spy shots get us an early glimpse of some future models | Driving.ca The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever advertisement See More Videos RELATED TAGSKiaNews Buy It! Princess Diana’s humble little 1981 Ford Escort is up for auction An engagement gift from Prince Charles, the car is being sold by a Princess Di “superfan” We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2 2018 Kia Optima last_img read more

Major Facelift for Black River on Labour Day

first_imgMajor Facelift for Black River on Labour Day CommunityMay 14, 2012 RelatedMajor Facelift for Black River on Labour Day RelatedMajor Facelift for Black River on Labour Day Advertisements FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The town of Black River in St. Elizabeth is to be given a major facelift on Labour Day, May 23. Selected as the parish project for the day, members of the St. Elizabeth Parish Council and the general citizenry are expected to turn out in their numbers to bush the roadways leading into the town, clear debris, and carry out painting activities. “We will be doing preparatory work before Labour Day and we are expecting the citizens to come out and partner with us to clean up the town,” said Mayor of Black River, Everton Fisher, at Thursday’s (May 10) monthly meeting of the council. He said the local authority has allocated some $200,000 for drain cleaning, while a number of business have been approached to assist with the Labour Day activity. Mayor Fisher, who is also Chairman of the council, said the aim is to improve the general aesthetic of the town for the 50th anniversary of Independence celebrations. “We are expecting all the major roadways leading into the town to be beautified. We are paying special attention to Independence Park, which will be our centre of attraction for the Independence celebrations,” he informed.            “We are set to do some good beautification at the park, to bring home a sense of nationhood into our parish. We expect the citizens of the parish to be on board as there will be various activities across the parish, but our centerpiece will be Black River,” he added. The Council has appointed a committee chaired by former Parish Manager for the Social Development Commission (SDC), Sandra Emanuel, to plan and coordinate Jamaica’s 50th anniversary events in the parish. Mayor Fisher is also urging residents to clean up their own surroundings for Labour Day. He informed that on May 19, all councillors and administrative staff will be cleaning up the grounds of the council, “and we will also move out to our respective divisions on Labour Day.” Labour Day 2012 will be celebrated under the theme: ‘Step Forward…Make Jamaica Beautiful’, with emphasis on beautifying the country for Jamaica 50. By Garfield L. Angus, JIS Reporter RelatedMajor Facelift for Black River on Labour Daylast_img read more

I Don’t “Fear” Evolution

first_imgCongratulations to Science Magazine for an Honest Portrayal of Darwin’s Descent of Man News Media I Don’t “Fear” EvolutionPaul NelsonMay 14, 2019, 1:02 PM Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share Origin of Life: Brian Miller Distills a Debate Between Dave Farina and James Tour Paul NelsonSenior Fellow, Center for Science and CulturePaul A. Nelson is currently a Senior Fellow of the Discovery Institute and Adjunct Professor in the Master of Arts Program in Science & Religion at Biola University. He is a philosopher of biology who has been involved in the intelligent design debate internationally for three decades. His grandfather, Byron C. Nelson (1893-1972), a theologian and author, was an influential mid-20th century dissenter from Darwinian evolution. After Paul received his B.A. in philosophy with a minor in evolutionary biology from the University of Pittsburgh, he entered the University of Chicago, where he received his Ph.D. (1998) in the philosophy of biology and evolutionary theory.Follow PaulProfile Share Evolution Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share “Conservatives Shouldn’t Fear Evolutionary Theory,” writes Razib Khan for National Review, as noted already. Interesting about the title of the piece: conservatives shouldn’t “fear evolution.” I don’t fear evolution. I’ve studied it professionally for nearly forty years, and regard large parts of the theory as generally sound.I am skeptical of many claims of evolutionary theory, however. Ironically, the sound or well-supported parts of evolutionary theory are readily incorporated into a design perspective, and really only make sense from that perspective (see Michael Behe’s new book, Darwin Devolves).What’s worrisome to me about Khan’s article is its quasi-hagiographical tone: evolution, he writes, is “a crowning achievement of Western civilization.” The unspoken corollary: anyone who expresses skepticism about evolution is an enemy of civilization.Khan wants sensible conservatives to get on board with evolution. The problem is, unanswered questions, such as the origin of adaptive complexity, will NOT go away because everyone is “on board.”As I said 11 years ago, in my interview with Ben Stein for the movie Expelled, the funny thing about scientific questions that haven’t been properly answered is they refuse to go away. Nature herself will not cooperate, and it doesn’t matter what WE think. She will continue to talk back to us, until we learn to listen to her.Photo credit: Dušan Smetana via Unsplash.center_img A Physician Describes How Behe Changed His MindLife’s Origin — A “Mystery” Made AccessibleCodes Are Not Products of PhysicsIxnay on the Ambriancay PlosionexhayDesign Triangulation: My Thanksgiving Gift to All TagsBen SteinconservativesDarwin DevolvesevolutionExpelledfearMichael BeheNational ReviewnatureRazib KhanWestern civilization,Trending Jane Goodall Meets the God Hypothesis Requesting a (Partial) Retraction from Darrel Falk and BioLogos Recommended “A Summary of the Evidence for Intelligent Design”: The Study Guidelast_img read more

Online poll: Work-life balance

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