June 06, 2007

JD Power Initial Quality Awards

The 2007 JD Power Initial Quality Awards came out today. Initial Quality is the first 3 months of ownership. Owners are surveyed on their thoughts about their new vehicle.


Ford Motor Company wins 14 vehicle honors, more than any other automaker. Five vehicles are top segment performers. Ford’s recently launched vehicles are among industry’s best performers. Four brands – Ford, Lincoln, Mercury, Jaguar – place in top 10, all significantly above industry average.

Ford Motor Company has the most top-quality vehicles in the industry, according to a customer-based initial quality survey released today by J.D. Power and Associates.

In the research firm’s 2007 Initial Quality Study (IQS), Ford Mustang, Mercury Milan, Lincoln MKZ, Lincoln Mark LT and Mazda MX-5 Miata swept their vehicle segments for top honors.

Overall, Ford, Lincoln and Mercury nameplates placed among the top 10 nameplates, with Lincoln in 3rd place, Mercury in 8th place and Ford brand in 10th . Jaguar ranked 6th.

Ford Motor Company received 14 total vehicle honors, more than any other automaker. In addition to the five first-place winners, the following vehicles also were recognized:

Second-place winners:

Ford F-150 LD: Large pickup
Lincoln MKX: Midsize premium MAV
Lincoln Navigator: Large premium MAV
Third-place winners:

Ford Fusion: Midsize car
Ford Econoline: Van
Ford Five Hundred: Large car
Mercury Montego: Large car (tied with Five Hundred)
Mercury Mountaineer: Midsize MAV
Volvo S80: Midsize premium car
The company’s overall ranking in the survey climbed to 4th place from last year’s 7th, helped in part by the performance of Ford’s recently launched vehicles.

Wixom Assembly Plant received a Platinum Award, recognizing it as the industry’s best-quality performing plant worldwide. This marks the first time since 1999 that a North American assembly plant has received J.D. Power’s top award for producing vehicles yielding the fewest defects.

So all you people driving foreign vehicles saying that you drive them because they are better in quality then the american vehicles can kiss my big, white ass!

Posted by Quality Weenie at June 6, 2007 12:59 PM | TrackBack