Hyundai quality improves, J.D. Power ranks Hyundai 4th in its 2009 Initial Quality Study
Hyundai quality improves. J.D. Power and Associates ranks Hyundai 4th in its 2009 Initial Quality Study!
According to the 2009 IQS -Initial Quality Study, Hyundai brand has made a come back and took the fourth spot in the latest quality survey released by renowned J.D. Power and Associates. The Korean car maker has jumped from 13th position achieved in 2008 to fourth in 2009, right behind the top three automakers: Lexus, Porsche and Cadillac.
The annual J.D. Power and Associates quality study measures IQS based on problems reported per 100 vehicles (PP100). With 108 problems per 100 vehicle this year, the industry average has improved when compared to last year (118 problems per 100 vehicles in 2008).
As already mentioned, with only 95 problems per 100 vehicles, Hyundai has taken the fourth spot in the quality survey. Even more important is the fact that Korean largest automaker regained its number 1 status among non-luxury brands, beating Honda at fifth place and Toyota at seventh position. It has happened for the second time that Hyundai has finished among the top four most quality car brands. In 2006, Hyundai “landed” at third position.
Hyundais affiliate Kia Motors also performed very well this year. The company ended at 15th position, tied with Volkswagen and luxury carmaker BMW. In addition to Hyundai, Kia also improved its quality and now ranks just a bit below the industry average. The largest improvement was recorded by Suzuki that moved from 32nd place last year to 9th position in 2009.
Not long ago, Hyundai could have been found at the bottom of annual J.D. Power quality charts, but in the last few years the company has seen a major turnaround. With huge efforts and lots of money spent on improving quality, the hard work has finally paid off to Hyundai and their vehicles are now ranking a top of the segments in terms of quality. Go HYUNDAI! [Source: J.D. Power & Associates]