Saturday, June 25, 2011

Who Says Detroit Can't Build Reliable Vehicles?

The Ford Taurus led the large car segment in J. D. Power lastest Initial Quality Study. This vehicle is the best in its class. American cars are reclaiming the title from the imports.
Under new management, the Chrysler T&C is the best vehicle in the minivan segment. Its sibling, the Dodge Caravan, also is ranked as one of the top three minivans in the segment. Finally, Chrysler is running the minivan market again.
Chevy's HHR was considered as the best vehicle in the compact multi-purpose vehicle segment. The HHR beat out both Nissan and Scion in this segment for the top spot.
The Dodge Challenger was the highest rated sports car in the midsize category.  Its been along time since Dodge has dominated any segment as it relates to quality. Thank GOD for the government bailout.
Not only is the Cadillac Escalade the gold standard for the premium class SUVs it also ranked number one in the large premium class SUV/crossover  segment.

Despite Ford tumbling on this year's Initial Quality Report, like the Taurus, the F-150 light duty trucks top the truck segment, as it relates to quality. One reason is that the truck has tumbled is due to the fact that the automakers has infused the complicated MyTouch entertainment system into this little rig.

GM basically dominates this segment. The Tahoe tops the large crossover/SUV segment. The GMC Yukon and the larger Chevy Suburban holds the number two and three spots in this category.

The Dodge Durango is the only redesigned vehicle inside and out from GM, Chrysler or Ford that is truly a standout vehicle. For the 2011 model year, the Durango hold the number two spot in the midsize SUV/crossover segment. We surprised that the redesigned Jeep Grand, which is the sister version to the Dodge didn't fare as well.  

The Lincoln Navigator rated as one of top three vehicles in the large premium crossover/SUV segment.  Just like the Taurus and F-150, this vehicle has been infused with Ford's all-new, complicated MyTouch Entertainment system.
The aging Buick Lucerne ranks only second to the Taurus in the large car segment.

Ford Mustang's nemesis, the Chevy Camaro, has not only stolen the sales crown but its also one of the top three midsize sporty vehicles in its segment.  

On this year's much anticipated 2011 U.S. Initial Quality Study GM, Ford and Chrysler had a whopping 14 vehicles combined that ranked as one of the top three vehicles in its respective segments. In six segments, the Detroit-based automakers were actually considered the segment quality leader. This study is based on responses from more than 73,000 purchasers and lessees of brand spanking new 2011 model-year cars, trucks and multi-activity vehicles surveyed after 90 days of ownership. This in depth study is also based on a comprehensive 228-question survey designed to provide manufacturers with information to facilitate identifying problems and drive product improvement. The study was fielded between February and May 2011.

To see where each new make and model landed in the latest J D. Power IQS by category, click here.
And to see how each brand ranked, click here.

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