Maruti Suzuki, Toyota Earn Most Segment Awards in 2013 India VDS

Maruti Suzuki and Toyota each earn two awards for producing models with the fewest problems per 100 vehicles (PP100) in their respective segments, according to the J.D. Power Asia Pacific 2013 India Vehicle Dependability StudySM (VDS). Other nameplates earning segment-level model awards for vehicle dependability are: Honda, Chevrolet and Ford.

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Gap Continues to Diminish Between Vehicle Initial Quality and Dependability

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David Sargent

The dependability of vehicles in the U.S. market continues to improve, according to J.D. Power research as illustrated by the shrinking of the gap between initial quality of new models that are now three years old, according to our 2013 U.S. Vehicle Dependability Study (VDS), which is based on responses from more than 37,000 original owners of 2010 model-year vehicles after three years of ownership.

The industry average score gap between initial quality and dependability of models that are now three years old has narrowed to just 17 problems per 100 vehicles (PP100). Overall dependability is determined by the number of problems experienced per 100 vehicles, with a lower score reflecting higher quality.

In 2013, overall vehicle dependability averages 126 PP100—a 5% improvement from the 2012 average of 132 PP100—and is the lowest problem count since the inception of the study in 1989. Among brands measured in the study, 21 of the 31 included improve in dependability from 2012.

It’s also noteworthy this year in our VDS that the domestic and the Japanese brands achieve the largest year-over-year advances in dependability—each improve by 6% from 2012. Continue reading ›

Japanese Models Receive Seven Segment Awards; Chinese Models Garner Three Awards in 2012 China Vehicle Dependability Study

Models from three Japanese manufacturers receive seven awards in the 11 award segments, according to the J.D. Power Asia Pacific 2012 China Vehicle Dependability StudySM (VDS). Three of the Japanese models are Toyota brand models. Three Chinese domestic brand models also are among the most dependable models in their respective segments. Among European brands, . . . Continue Reading Japanese Models Receive Seven Segment Awards; Chinese Models Garner Three Awards in 2012 China Vehicle Dependability Study

Some Dynamics of How Dealer-Automaker Relationships Work in India

Mohit Arora

A strong relationship between automakers and their dealers is the core for success of any car brand in any market. A car model may receive rave reviews, have a good track record and advanced technology, but without an invested dealer to represent the brand well, the brand’s model will not flourish.

The joint venture between Tata and Fiat in India is one interesting example. While Tata Motors was experiencing strong growth in fiscal year 2011, Fiat was experiencing a double-digit decline in sales. In widely published interviews, Fiat officials said they felt that there was no real attempt at the dealerships to promote the Italian brand and therefore decided to end their venture of selling Fiat models at Tata dealerships.

While we don’t intend to assign blame of the breakup for the joint venture, and while it remains to be seen whether the dissolution of the partnership is a good long-term move for Fiat and Tata, the example does provide an important illustration about why automakers need to have strong alliances with their dealer networks. Continue reading ›

India Vehicle Owners Report More Problems with Vehicles

Mohit Arora

Overall vehicle dependability with cars and light truck models that are between 2½ to 3 ½ years old declines this year mainly due to an increase in problems related to vehicle engines and the driving experience categories, according to our 2012 India Vehicle Dependability Study (VDS). Among the nine categories* measured, engine and driving experience categories account for more than 40% of the problems reported by vehicle owners.

At the industry level, overall vehicle dependability in India in 2012 averages 225 problems per 100 vehicles (PP100), which is an increase of 30 PP100 from an average 195 PP100 in 2011. A lower PP100 score reflects higher quality and dependability in our study, which is based on evaluations from more than 7,800 original owners of new vehicles purchased in 25 cities in India between July 2008 and September 2009. Continue reading ›

Cadillac, MINI Brands Recognized for Outstanding Customer Service

David Sargent

This week during the opening ceremonies of the New York International Auto Show, J.D. Power presented plaques to executives from Cadillac and MINI to recognize their strong improvement in the quality, dependability and appeal of their vehicle models and for the dealership experience during the past three years.*

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Perceived Reliability Still Lags Actual Dependability for Some Brands

Raffi Festekjian

Several major nameplates have performed well in dependability, but still face challenges with customer perceptions of their models’ reliability, when analyzing results from J.D. Power’s 2008 Avoider and VDS Studies* in comparison with the same studies in 2012.

Although Buick, Cadillac, Ford, Hyundai and Lincoln have achieved consistently strong levels of . . . Continue Reading Perceived Reliability Still Lags Actual Dependability for Some Brands

Dependability of Three-Year-Old Vehicles Reflects High Quality of 2009 Models

 

David Sargent

During late 2008/early 2009, in the middle of one of the roughest recent economic recessions in the United States,* initial quality of new vehicle models (2009 model-year) was especially strong, based on results in our 2009 Initial Quality Study (IQS). This high initial quality for 2009 models has translated into high levels of vehicle dependability for 2009 models that are now three years old , according to our 2012 Vehicle Dependability Study (VDS).

This strong performance is encouraging because it means that the gap between new-vehicle initial quality and long-term dependability continues to narrow. Long-term dependability, as defined by original owners’ evaluations of problem incidence in their three-year-old vehicles**, averages just 132 problems per 100 vehicles (PP100) in 2012 and has improved by 13% from the 2011 average of 151 PP100—which is the lowest problem rate since the study was introduced in 1990. Continue reading ›

Three Premium Brands Rank Highest in Long-Term Dependability

Three premium nameplates rank highest in long-term dependability, according to our 2012 Vehicle Dependability Study (VDS). At the individual brand level, Lexus ranks highest, receiving a score of 86 PP100, which is an improvement of 21% from 2011. In addition, the Lexus LS has the fewest problems in the industry, with just 72 PP100. . . . Continue Reading Three Premium Brands Rank Highest in Long-Term Dependability

Toyota Group Models Earn Most Long-Term Dependability Awards

At the corporate level, Toyota Motor Corporation continues to perform well in long-term dependability and garners eight segment-level model awards—more than any other automaker this year, according to our 2012 Vehicle Dependability Study (VDS), which is based on responses from more than 31,000 original owners of 2009 model-year vehicles after three years of ownership.

The Japanese automaker’s models with the fewest problems in their respective award segments are: the Lexus ES 350 (in a tie with the Lincoln MKZ); Lexus RX 350; Scion tC; Scion xB; Toyota Prius; Toyota Sienna; Toyota Tundra; and Toyota Yaris. Continue reading ›