Initial Quality in Malaysia Advances for Fourth Straight Year

Malaysia, PenangFor a fourth consecutive year, overall new-vehicle initial quality in Malaysia improves significantly, according to the 2013 Malaysia Initial Quality Study (IQS), based on responses from more than 3,100 new-vehicle buyers during the first two to six months of ownership.*

The 2013 Malaysia IQS findings are encouraging because the automotive market in Malaysia is becoming increasingly competitive with a rising number of new models, which makes it essential for brands to produce high-quality cars and trucks. Continue reading ›

Initial Quality in Japan Rises with Improvements in Fuel Efficiency

japan map-72Overall initial quality of new vehicles in Japan  improves slightly from 2012, partly due to improvements in engine and transmission performance, including fuel efficiency, according to our 2013 Japan Initial Quality Study (IQS), which is based on responses from 11,210 new-vehicle owners after the first two to nine months of ownership.

Overall initial quality averages 100 problems per 100 vehicles (PP100) in 2013, which is slightly better than 101 PP100 in 2012. Although the incidence of defect/malfunction problems increased in seven of the nine factors measured ( 2.4 PP100 increase), the number of design-related problems—such as windows fogging, transmission, excessive fuel consumption—declined by 4.7 PP100 from 2012. 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 ›

Chrysler and US Agency to Develop Hybrid Powertrain for Minivan

Mike Omotoso

In recent remarks to workers at a Chrysler minivan assembly plant in Windsor, Ontario, Fiat and Chrysler Group CEO Sergio Marchionne said that he expects Chrysler to remain a leader in the minivan segment and suggested that Chrysler will rethink the minivan to make it more versatile. As part of its . . . Continue Reading Chrysler and US Agency to Develop Hybrid Powertrain for Minivan

Ford Boosts Fuel Efficiency in Truck Engines

2011 Ford F-150

Ford Motor Company recently announced that it would introduce four new truck engines for the 2011 Ford F-150 that promise to improve fuel economy by 20% compared to those found in the 2010 model. Engines to be offered include a standard 3.7-liter V-6 and an optional, turbocharged 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 . . . Continue Reading Ford Boosts Fuel Efficiency in Truck Engines