Hyundai Accent and Azera Receive J.D. Power Initial Quality Awards
FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif., June 22, 2016 – Hyundai ranked third among all brands in the J.D. Power 2016 U.S. Initial Quality StudySM (IQS) and second among non-premium automakers in the study released today. Additionally, J.D. Power awarded both the Accent in the small car segment and Azera in the large car segment with the highest initial quality honors.
“Hyundai remains steadfastly committed to delivering owners of its products exceptional, quality vehicles,” said Frank Ferrara, executive vice president, customer satisfaction, Hyundai Motor America. “We take the improvement of quality on our existing models seriously, and also launch new vehicles with the highest quality right out of the gate. It is important to keep our customers happy with their vehicles. It starts with quality and continues with education on how to use their vehicle’s many features. Results like these demonstrate how well we connect with our customers on every level.”
IQS, now in its 30th year, serves as the industry benchmark for new-vehicle quality measured at 90 days of ownership. According to the study, Accent and Azera owners reported fewer problems with their vehicles than any other small or large car, respectively.
“Both small and large cars are popular vehicles on the road today and extremely important to us. In fact, most automakers compete in these vehicle classes. As a result consumers pick from many different choices,” said Mircea Gradu, executive director, engineering and quality, Hyundai Motor America. “Both the Accent and Azera ranked highest in their crowded segments for high quality, which provides owners peace of mind for this important financial purchase.”
HYUNDAI MODELS EARN HIGH MARKS IN J.D. POWER INITIAL QUALITY STUDYtitle
Hyundai CEO & President, Dave Zuchowski (left) and Executive Vice President of Customer Satisfaction, Frank Ferrara, flank Robert Mansfield, Sr. Director, Global Automotive at J.D. Power, with awards for Hyundai Azera as Highest Ranked Large Car in Initial Quality and Hyundai Accent as Highest Ranked Small Car in Initial Quality for 2016.
In total, six Hyundai models ranked in the top three in their segments. In addition to the awards for Accent and Azera, the Tucson (second), Veloster (third), Elantra (third) and Genesis (third) rank near the top in their segments. The Hyundai overall score was 92 problems per 100 vehicles, 13 fewer problems than the industry average and 3 fewer problems than last year.
The 2016 IQS is based on responses from more than 80,000 purchasers and lessees of new 2016 model-year vehicles surveyed after 90 days of ownership. The study uses a 233-question survey designed to provide manufacturers with information to facilitate the identification of problems and drive product improvement.
HYUNDAI MOTOR AMERICA
Hyundai Motor America, headquartered in Fountain Valley, Calif., is a subsidiary of Hyundai Motor Company of Korea. Hyundai vehicles are distributed throughout the United States by Hyundai Motor America and are sold and serviced through more than 830 dealerships nationwide. All Hyundai vehicles sold in the U.S. are covered by the Hyundai Assurance program, which includes the 5-year/60,000-mile fully-transferable new vehicle limited warranty, Hyundai’s 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain limited warranty and five years of complimentary Roadside Assistance. Hyundai Blue Link® Connected Care provides owners of Hyundai models equipped with the Blue Link telematics system with proactive safety and car care services complimentary for three years with enrollment. These services include Automatic Collision Notification, Enhanced Roadside Assistance, Vehicle Diagnostic Alert, Monthly Vehicle Health Report and in-vehicle service scheduling.
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