Hyundai scores with the Genesis

US quality study's trophy award

The Hyundai Genesis received the trophy for the highest initial quality in the mid-size premium car segment in the US.

JD Power has announced that the Hyundai Genesis has been awarded the trophy for the highest initial quality in the mid-size premium car segment in the United States.

The award comes from the JD Power 2013 US Initial Quality Study (IQS).

The study, now in its 27th year, serves as the industry benchmark for new-vehicle quality measured at 90 days of ownership.

According to the study, Hyundai Genesis owners reported fewer problems with their vehicles than any premium mid-size car.

“Outperforming all of our competitors in the premium mid-size car segment is a reflection of the dedication of all Hyundai team members,” said Erwin Raphael, director of engineering and quality, Hyundai Motor America.

“Awards like this demonstrate we’re succeeding in connecting with our customers through an unprecedented combination of premium performance, technology, safety and quality.”

In addition to the Genesis’s victory, the Hyundai brand substantially reduced problems per 100 vehicles and finished 10th overall, gaining eight rank positions.

The Hyundai overall score was 106 problems per 100 vehicles – seven problems fewer than the industry average.

The Accent, Sonata and Azera ranked second in their respective segments.

The all-new Santa Fe ranked third in its segment.

The 2013 US IQS is based on responses from more than 83 000 purchasers and lessees of new 2013 model-year cars, trucks and multi-activity vehicles surveyed after 90 days of ownership.

The study is based on a 233-question battery designed to provide manufacturers with information to facilitate identification of problems and drive product improvement.

The study was fielded between February and May. 

The study is used by manufacturers worldwide to improve quality and by consumers to help them make more informed purchasing decisions.

Throughout the years, initial quality has been shown to be a leading indicator of long-term durability, which directly impacts customer loyalty and purchase decisions.

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