Auto News: Porsche exhibit, set for World of Speed, car ownership survey, test drive results
A new exhibit on the Porsche 11 will open at the World of Speed on April 28.
Titled "Porsche 911: 55 Years of Driving Excellence," the exhibit celebrates the German sports car whose silhouette hasn't changed that much since it was first introduced, although it has been constantly evolving over the years. Improvements include more power and safety equipment, even though the rear-engine design has stayed the same.
Street cars to be featured at the exhibit include a 1967 911 SWB, a 1988 911 Turbo Targa, a 1988 911 Slant-nose Cabriolet, a 1988 959 Sport, a 2012 GT3 RS4, ands a 2016 911R. Race cars include a 911 IROC "Emmerson Fittipaldi," a 935 MOMO/Hawaiian Tropic, a 934 IMSA GTU "Monte Shelton," a 935 BRUMOS "Peter Gregg," and a 2008 Factory RSR "Flying Lizard" Desert Flyer Baja Racer.
The World of Sport is an interactive motorsports museum at 27490 SW 95th Ave. in Wilsonville. For more information, visit: www.worldofspeed.org
Most prefer owning a car
Despite the growing popularity of ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft, the Americans say they prefer to own their own vehicles, according to a recent survey commissioned by the National Automobile Dealers Association.
The survey found about 90 percent of respondents would rather own a car compared to around 10 percent who said they were prefer using ride-hailing services as their exclusive mode of getting around. The margin was only 10-points more for millennials.
Wanting to own a vehicle "cuts across all demographics and is a durable, fundamental desire of most consumers. Ride-hailing will continue to supplement personal vehicle ownership going forward, but it will not supplant it," NADA senior vice president-public affairs Jonathan Collegio said at a recent conference held in conjunction with the New York International Auto Show where the survey was presented.
The survey of 1,200 consumers was conducted by Luntz Global between March 2 and 5, according to WardsAuto, which covered the presentation.
Test drives still important
Although much of the car-buying process is moving online, the test drive remains an important aspect of new-car shopping. according to a recent survey conducted on behalf of Autotrader.
The survey found that nearly 70 percent of respondents said the test drive is very important when making the decision on which vehicle to purchase. Among adults who have taken a test drive, nearly three-in-four say they ended up buying the vehicle, with half of car shoppers purchasing the same day they test drove it.
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