August 6, 1991 |
For the first time, an Asian auto maker tops a key industry survey of car buyer satisfaction with dealerships and sales people. The Lexus Division of Japan's Toyota Motor Corp. replaced Germany's Mercedes-Benz, according to the survey by the J. D. Power & Associates market research organization. The sales satisfaction survey compiled questionnaires received from 36,000 car buyers and 8,600 light truck buyers who had owned their vehicles for three months or less.
October 13, 1992 |
A legal battle between two of the nation's leading car research firms, J. D. Power & Associates and AutoPacific Group Inc., has been settled out of court. The settlement announced last week ends a lawsuit that Power, based in Agoura Hills, had filed against Santa Ana-based AutoPacific and two of its analysts, Christopher W. Cedergren and Steven L. Morrison. Both Cedergren and Morrison used to work for Power.
May 11, 1999 |
New Jaguar cars had the fewest defects and 1999 Kia cars the most, according to a private report to auto makers by J.D. Power & Associates. The company's annual Initial Quality Study is a widely followed measure of vehicle quality. J.D. Power publicly released limited data from the report on Wednesday, but not the full report. The Agoura-based company said it based the results on 41,004 owners of 1999-model vehicles. They were asked about problems found in the first 90 days of ownership.
August 10, 2006 |
Toyota Motor Corp. of Japan won top honors in eight categories of a closely watched vehicle dependability study, more than any other company, while mainstream brands closed in on luxury nameplates, J.D. Power & Associates said Wednesday. Lexus, Toyota's luxury brand, was the top-ranked nameplate for the 12th straight year. It was followed by Ford Motor Co.'s Mercury and General Motors Corp.'s Buick and Cadillac.
May 5, 2000 |
Japanese luxury auto makers reclaimed the three top spots in a widely watched survey for initial vehicle quality released Thursday. Results for U.S. auto makers were mixed, and Korean brands fared the worst. According to the J.D. Power & Associates initial-quality survey, Honda Motor Co.'s Acura division registered 95 defects per 100 vehicles during the first three months of ownership, bettering by far the industry average of 158. Toyota Motor Corp.'
October 1, 2001 |
Old, reliable Hondas have lost some of their appeal, while Pontiac's Aztek, arguably the most reviled new vehicle since the Edsel, is considered sexy, according to research by J.D. Power & Associates. The automotive marketing firm's annual nationwide survey of new-vehicle owners to discover which models best meet their needs and expectations could set the industry on its ear when it is released this morning.
October 5, 1995 |
So what if it guzzles gas or the blinker keeps flashing. Agoura Hills-based J.D. Power & Associates, which made itself famous by ranking cars based on drivers' irritation with flaws, has concocted a measurement that gauges driver happiness--things gone right instead of wrong. "Some people will be willing to put up with a defect here and there if they get a payoff in some other way," Chance Parker, group director J.D. Power's Troy, Mich., office, said Wednesday.
September 29, 1989 |
Sometimes it's announced in a news story, sometimes in an auto advertisement. But wherever one reads of a car rated No. 1 "according to a survey by J. D. Power & Associates," it has the ring of authority and prestige. There are plenty of other car ratings, from car magazine car-of-the-year awards to insurance company rankings of cars for collision repair costs.
June 4, 1998 |
After years of struggling to close the quality gap with rivals, Chrysler Corp. finally has something to gloat about. The Auburn Hills, Mich.-based auto maker on Wednesday received its first top scores for initial quality from J.D. Power & Associates, the Agoura Hills-based auto market researcher. Two of Chrysler's mid-size sedans, the Concorde and smaller Cirrus, received the best-quality ratings in their class.