To reference each source in the body of the work would add too much to its bulk; therefore, this list is given as reference of the materials used.
Brochures: automotive manufacturers’ brochures, web sites, press kits, media-only manufacturer web sites, data books, technical bulletins, owner’s manuals and new model highlights and preview books.
Periodicals: Car and Driver, Road and Track, Automotive News, Motor Trend, AutoWeek, Automobile Magazine, Popular Mechanics, Consumer Reports, Consumer Guide, Kiplinger’s, Consumer’s Digest, The Complete Car Cost Guide, The Complete Small Truck Cost Guide, The Car Book, Four Wheeler, Petersen’s 4Wheel Off-Road, Open Road, Popular Mechanics, Popular Science and Trailer Life.
Marketing Research Firms: J.D. Power and Associates, Automotive Lease Guide and Strategic Vision, Inc.,
First Hand Data Gathering: Much of the data necessary is taken by Advanta-STAR employees’ hands-on inventories and investigations performed on new car dealer lots or with vehicles loaned by the manufacturer, its divisions or their agents for evaluation.
Other Sources: Highway Loss Data Institute (HLDI) reports, Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) crash tests and bumper tests, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports, the EPA Fuel Economy Guide, the EPA Green Vehicle Guide, Chrome Data PC Carbook Plus, IntelliChoice Car Center and Automotive Lease Guide (ALG).