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J.D. Power to Release 2015 Initial Quality Study Results June 17

J.D. Power to Release 2015 Initial Quality Study Results June 17

By Jeff Youngs, June 15, 2015

On Wednesday of this week, highlights of the J.D. Power 2015 U.S. Initial Quality StudySM (IQS) will be released to the public. Published annually for 29 years, IQS is the industry benchmark study of new-vehicle quality, measuring problems experienced by purchasers and lessees of new vehicles after 90 days of ownership. Throughout the years, J.D. Power research shows that initial quality is a leading indicator of how dependable vehicles will be over time.

2014 Initial Quality Study Rankings and Highlights
According to findings of the 2014 IQS, after years of steadily improving the quality of their vehicles, automakers experienced a decline, collectively. The increase in problems was primarily associated with audio systems, voice-recognition systems, and Bluetooth pairing.

In the J.D. Power Initial Quality StudySM (IQS), quality is measured and expressed as problems per 100 vehicles (PP100), with lower scores reflecting higher quality. According to findings of the 2014 IQS, Porsche ranked highest among all nameplates in the study, at 74 PP100. Jaguar (87 PP100), Lexus (92 PP100), Hyundai (94 PP100), and Toyota (105 PP100) rounded out the top five nameplates for initial quality.

Among automakers, General Motors received six model-level awards, more than any other company. Hyundai Motor Company received five initial quality awards. Ford Motor Company, Nissan Motor Company, and Volkswagen AG each received three awards.

New or significantly revised models (128 PP100) continued to be more problematic for owners than carryover or slightly revised models (113 PP100). However, the overall industry increase in problems was primarily due to issues related to audio and communication technologies and to systems and components that are affected by severe weather conditions, such as the climate system, engine/transmission, and a vehicle's exterior.

Details associated with the 2015 U.S. Initial Quality Study will be available on on June 17, 2015, at 1 p.m. EDT/10 a.m. PDT.

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