South Korean brands rule J.D Power’s 2019 Initial Quality Study for automotive brands in the U.S.

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In what is likely to be an eye opener, an annual ranking exercise by researcher J.D. Power revealed that South Korean brands have once again demonstrated their best initial quality among 32 automotive brands sold in the United States.

According to the results of the survey, around half of the domestic brands have fared better than average while all European brands below average.

Genesis, Kia and Hyundai, all part of the Hyundai Group, were the top three brands in the 2019 U.S. Initial Quality Study (IQS), which measures problems in the first 90 days of vehicle ownership.

Among the brands scoring below the industry average of 93 problems per 100 vehicles were Fiat Chrysler Automobile’s Jeep, Japanese automaker Honda, General Motors’ Cadillac and German luxury maker Mercedes-Benz.

Tesla was not included in the latest IQS because its sample size was “unrepresentative” said J.D. Power.

The 2019 IQS brand rankings and scores are as follows:

Genesis, 63

Kia, 70

Hyundai, 71

Ford, 83

Lincoln, 84

Chevrolet, 85

Nissan, 86

Dodge, 90

Lexus, 90

Toyota, 90

Buick, 92

GMC, 94

Mazda, 94

Mercedes-Benz, 94

Porsche, 96

Honda, 98

Cadillac, 100

Jeep, 100

Infiniti, 101

BMW, 102

Ram, 105

Audi, 106

Mini, 107

Acura, 110

Chrysler, 113

Subaru, 113

Volkswagen, 113

Volvo, 114

Alfa Romeo, 118

Mitsubishi, 121

Land Rover, 123

Jaguar, 130

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