DEARBORN, MI – Two Ford Motor Company vehicles earned segment awards and five others placed among the top three in their segments in the J.D. Power and Associates 2006 Initial Quality Study (IQS) just released. The Lincoln and Jaguar brands scored above the industry average. Jaguar was fifth at 109 problems per 100 vehicles, and Lincoln tied Nissan for 12th with 121. Two cornerstone products — Ford Fusion and Ford F-150 — ranked above industry average in their segments.
The Ford Ranger and Mazda MX-5 topped their segments, and the new Lincoln Zephyr was second among “Entry Premium Car” competitors. The Jaguar S-TYPE, Ford Mustang, Lincoln Mark LT, and Volvo XC70 also earned top-three rankings.
The study was based on responses from more than 63,000 customers about their 2006-model year cars and trucks surveyed after 90 days of ownership. The annual IQS was redesigned in 2006 to include problems in two distinct categories: quality of design and quality of production.