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Auto Brands Showcase New Products in Geneva

European consumers and industry types let loose this week at the Geneva International Auto Show, where new production and concept vehicles seem to be plentiful and where technology and design have reasserted themselves as fonts of innovation.

Reports from the Swiss exhibit are that brands are showcasing the next wave of automotive technology and design, aimed at not only the challenging European market but also at the United States and other markets worldwide.

Here's a look at what just some of the brands are showcasing:

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More Auto Brands Show Off Wares at Geneva Show

Here's what some global auto brands were highlighting at the Geneva International Auto Show this week:
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Compact Crossovers Continue to Gain Momentum with US Consumers

Nearly one of every four new vehicles purchased or leased in the U.S. market during 2011 was a crossover utility vehicle, which is a car-based utility vehicle. The four CUV segments, for both luxury and non-luxury brands, accounted for nearly 24% of new-vehicle sales.

Compact crossovers were the most popular among all crossovers, accounting for 11.3% of industry sales in 2011. Total (retail and fleet) deliveries of these smaller crossovers climbed by nearly 20 percent on a year-over-year basis.
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​New Autos for 2012: Crossovers and Sport Utility Vehicles

One of the biggest changes ever to sweep across the American auto industry began during the Nineties, as sport utility vehicles (SUVs) gradually supplanted the sales of large sedans and minivans for moving lots of people and stuff.

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2012 Will Be Pivotal Year for the U.S. Auto Industry

This year may bring a return to some sort of normality for the auto industry in the Unites States, which in recent years has experienced the Great Recession, government involvement, $4-a-gallon gasoline, and several natural disasters in 2011, which impacted many Japanese brands. With a slow but steady recovery in the American economy, the restoration of normal production and supply lines for Japanese brands, a leveling off of gasoline prices, and an ample supply of potential customers who haven't replaced their aging vehicles, the consensus is for a gain in sales in the U.S.
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J.D. Power Research Goes Beyond Surveys

When J.D. "Dave" Power III founded J.D. Power and Associates in 1968, preparing customer satisfaction surveys was a family affair. Power's wife and four children often helped him by typing documents, folding cover letters and surveys, and stuffing envelopes to mail to consumers. Power and his family would tape a quarter to each survey as an inducement for customers to complete and return the surveys. It worked: Power got a huge response to the surveys he conducted, and today J.D. Power research is an integral part of the strategic operations of companies around the world.
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Auto Shows Help Buyers Find Models They Like

To read local media coverage of the 2012 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit, you'd think that the annual exhibition of new and concept vehicles was single-handedly turning around not only the struggling local economy, but also the entire U.S. auto industry. But that would have been missing a huge part of the show's importance.
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Millennial Consumers Pose Challenge of a Lifetime

There is no bigger long-term priority for the auto industry in the United States than figuring out the preferences of Millennials (also known as Generation Y, and Echo Boomers)-a powerhouse demographic cohort that is about the size of the previous most populous generation: their parents, the baby boomers.

Because Millennials represent such a huge portion of the potential auto-buying American public for the next few decades, OEMs must successfully address their needs, wants, and turnoffs to convert today's nascent recovery into solid long-term growth.
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