Perhaps the automaker CEOs and the governments and consumers they want to please will have the last word in automobile industry current trends, but changes to long-standing traditions are certainly upon us.
By 2005, Kia had transformed its former "throw-away" reputation into that of an innovative automaker with unique style, high-quality engineering and design, and a flair for offering "cool" vehicles.
The automaker chose to do this by offering not only better quality than ever before but also more standard features, perks and technology that most other car makers only offer as expensive options.
Toyota began receiving complaints about acceleration issues in 2008, and the automaker began considering a recall at that time. 2008 also saw a Toyota recall of the 2008 Toyota Highlander SUV.
Over time, the automaker discovered that, in certain models, the gas pedal could remain depressed after the driver removed his or her foot, causing unintended acceleration of the vehicle.
Amid major economic concerns, many consumers turned to the Japanese automaker because of its reputation for making reliable and affordable vehicles with great fuel economy.
The automaker had concerns that the seat belt in the third row of the large vehicle was unable to effectively secure a child safety seat in rear-facing position.
The automaker manufactures and markets popular vehicles like the Accord, Civic, and CRV, and Honda is also the parent company to luxury auto brand Acura.
Most Toyota owners report being very satisfied with their vehicles; however, over the years, the Japanese automaker has recalled many cars and trucks.
The truck was highly anticipated by auto analysts and consumers alike, because it was the first American-style truck produced by a foreign automaker.