Luxury Vehicles Dominate Total Quality Survey
CALIFORNIA - Luxury brands once again dominated an annual U.S. automobile quality survey
taken this year by a California research company, but total quality dropped for
the first time in four years, the company said. BMW led all brands in the survey
by San Diego-based Strategic Vision, followed closely by Hummer, Mercedes-Benz,
Audi, Infiniti, Lexus, Land Rover, Cadillac, Lincoln, and Volkswagen, according to
the rankings, Strategic Vision calculated the index based on survey questions
about reliability, vehicle characteristics, dealership experience, styling,
interior and exterior design and their overall perception of initial quality,
said Alexander Edwards, president of the company’s automotive division.
includes Audi, led all corporations with a total quality index score of 892 out
of 1,000 possible points. General Motors (GM) finished second as a corporation
at 867, followed by Ford Motor and Honda, which tied for third at 862.
Toyota finished fifth, at
the industry average of 860. VW, GM, and Ford were the only corporations
showing improvement in this year’s survey.
five vehicles with the highest scores in the 19 market segments measured by
Strategic Vision, while Toyota had four. The two companies tied in one other category. Ford won in the large
car category with the Mercury Sable, the convertible under $30,000 segment with
the Ford Mustang, the small specialty car segment with the Volvo C30, the
medium crossover category with the Ford Edge, and the heavy-duty pickup with
the Ford F-250-350.
Toyota’s Yaris subcompact,
4Runner mid-size SUV vehicle and Sequoia large SUV were winners, as was the
Scion xB small multifunction vehicle.
Lexus RX 350 tied with Ford’s Land Rover LR2 in the near-luxury SUV category.
corporation, Honda had the lowest percentage of people who reported problems
with their vehicles at 19 percent, followed closely by Ford at 20 percent and Toyota at 21 percent.
Nissan and BMW tied at 24 percent.
Vision said it developed the rankings from surveys taken of 20,655 people who
bought new cars in September, October, and November of last year.