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Korean car brands beat German, Japanese makes in JD Power survey

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Anton Andres / Manufacturer Press | June 25, 2018 14:07

Hyundai, Kia, Genesis top JD Power initial quality survey

Will JD Power's latest survey results banish the Korean car stigma? The top three marques in the company's initial quality survey were occupied by Hyundai, its luxury division Genesis, and Kia. With that, it beat out automakers such as Toyota, Porsche and Honda by having several cars being ranked highest in their respective segments.

Korean marques trounce German, Japanese makes in JD Power survey

The cars that helped Hyundai, Genesis and Kia were the Genesis G90, Hyundai Tucson, Kia Rio, and Kia Sorento. It means that these cars have the fewest problems per 100 vehicles (PP100 in JD Power speak) during the first 90 days of ownership.

Sitting in fourth behind the Korean automakers was Porsche with their 911 being the highest ranked car in the study. Fifth on the other hand went to Ford, thanks to the Ford Expedition; Ford Mustang; Ford Super Duty; Lincoln Continental; and Lincoln MKC topping their categories.

At the opposite end of the scale, the survey says Jaguar, Land Rover and Volvo sat at the bottom of the rankings, having the most problems per 100 vehicles in the first 90 days of ownership.

Korean marques trounce German, Japanese makes in JD Power survey

For this year's initial quality survey, JD Power came across a few trends. For starters, Most vehicle areas improve, namely in the comfort and refinement department. They also pointed out that US automakers, namely Ford Motor Company, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and General Motors, are quickly improving when it comes to initial quality. Infotainment system bugs are a lot less compared to before, says JD Power. However, there are more problems being pointed out in driver assistance systems such as lane keep assist or adaptive cruise control.

That said, these results aren't indicative of long-term ownership just yet but as it stands, the survey said that the cars mentioned above are the least (or most) likely to give you trouble when you drive out of the dealership.