U.S. Initial Vehicle Quality Reaches Record Level in 2012

David Sargent

The U.S. auto industry is on a path of recovery this year with stronger year-to-date car and light-truck sales (up 12.5% from 2011*) and now can celebrate more good news after experiencing the highest improvement in initial vehicle quality since 2009, according to results in our 2012 U.S. Initial Quality Study (IQS). Overall initial quality for the auto industry improves by 5% from 2011—which represents a reduction of 5 problems per 100 vehicles (PP100) to an average of 102 PP100 from 107 PP100 in 2011.

A few highlights from this year’s IQS include:

• Among the 34 brands ranked in the 2012 IQS, 26 improve from 2011, five have declined, and one earned the same score as in 2011. Two brands were not included in the 2011 study. Continue reading ›

Brawn, Utility and Performance Attract Male Buyers in US Market

Grace Hamulic

Premium sporty cars and large pickups remained the most popular models with male buyers during the first 11 months of 2011, based on real-time transaction data from J.D. Power’s Power Information Network® (PIN).

Six of the 10 new-vehicle models with the highest percentages of male buyers or lessees this year are light trucks—large pickups or vans. The two best-selling models in the US market through the first 11 months of 2011—the Ford F-Series and Chevrolet Silverado—are among the models with the highest percentages of male buyers. Both the F-Series and Silverado have posted higher sales this year vs. 2010, and the category’s sales have also outpaced the industry this year—year-to-date, large pickup sales are up slightly more than the industry’s 10% gain. Continue reading ›