2014 JD Power Initial Quality Rank, How did BMW do?
The Initial Quality Study, now in its 28th year, examines problems experienced by vehicle owners during the first 90 days of ownership. Initial quality is determined by the number of problems experienced per 100 vehicles (PP100), with a lower score reflecting higher quality.
The study finds that overall initial quality averages 116 PP100, a 3 percent increase in problems from 113 PP100 in 2013. This year’s increase in problems follows a similar increase found in the J.D. Power U.S. 2014 Vehicle Dependability StudySM (VDS) released in February, which measures problems experienced after three years of ownership.
This year, BMW Ranked 8th overall in the 2014 U.S. Initial Quality Study, with 108 PP100. The top spot went to Porsche pulling off its second consecutive highest rank at 74 PP100, followed by Jaguar (87 PP100), Lexus (92 PP100), Hyundai (94 PP100), Toyota, Chevrolet and Kia.
BMW had a good presence in the car segments of the study. The new 4 Series tied for third in the Compact Premium Car Segment with the Acura ILX, while the Acura TL took second and the Lexus ES topped the list. In the Midsize Premium Car segment, BMW also picked up a third with their 6 Series. There was a tie in this segment as well between the BMW, Lexus GS and the MB CLS-Class. Top spot went to Hyundai’s Genesis, followed by the Lincoln MKS.
The SUV segment brought BMW another top 3. This time it was the X3 taking second in the Compact SUV segment, just under the highest ranked Infiniti QX50.
Source JD Power
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