South Korean carmakers Hyundai Motor and Kia Motors have garnered the three highest marks in J.D. Power’s annual automotive quality survey, they said on June 20.
The companies said they expected the achievements to help boost sales in the United States as J.D. Power’s closely followed Initial Quality Study is widely accepted as a barometer of automotive quality.
In the 2019 IQS report, Hyundai, its independent brand Genesis and Kia, long regarded as quality laggards, earned the top three spots in overall rankings.
Hyundai Motor Group, which has the three brands under its wing, boasted six individual segment winners -- the Genesis G70 sedan, Hyundai Santa Fe SUV, Kia Sedona (or Carnival) minivan, Kia Sportage SUV, Kia Forte compact and Kia Rio subcompact, the statement said.
Ford Motor, its Lincoln brand and General Motors’ Chevrolet brand ranked fourth, fifth and sixth, respectively.
Japanese brands Nissan Motor, Lexus and Toyota Motor ranked seventh, ninth and 10th, respectively.
By Ram Garikipati and newswires (firstname.lastname@example.org)