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Blue Batmobile May 4, 8:55pm - #171559 
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Hyundai ranking high in J.D. Power quality survey...

Time to Crow: Hyundai to tout stunning rise in J.D. Power quality survey


By MARK RECHTIN | Automotive News

LOS ANGELES -- After its dramatic surge in the J.D. Power and Associates 2004 Initial Quality Study, Hyundai Motor America is scrambling to create a newspaper, magazine and brochure advertising campaign to herald the results.

Ad agency Richards Group of Dallas is working to create advertisements on short notice, said Bob Cosmai, CEO of Hyundai Motor America. Longer-term plans might include TV advertising, but that has not been decided, Cosmai added.

The segment-quality winning Sonata sedan probably will get a new series of ads - a bonus since the vehicle is in its final year before a redesign. And the company may publicize its new J.D. Power rankings in conjunction with its 100,000-mile warranty.

But for the most part Hyundai will stick with its marketing themes. Even though Hyundai outscored Toyota Division, the message will not invoke comparisons Japan's quality trendsetter, Cosmai said.

"We won't say that we beat Toyota," he said. "We've done our benchmarking to Toyota and Honda, and this is new territory for us. We just want to tell people that the company has turned it around. | We won't be talking about who we passed, but how far we've come."

But in South Korea, Hyundai Motor Corp. won't be so bashful. Starting today, May 3, South Korean newspapers will publish ads that compare Hyundai to Toyota and other prestigious marques. It borrows passages from U.S. publications, including Automotive News, to proclaim the feat.

One ad slogan reads: "Toyota, BMW, Mercedes. The quality of Hyundai is upon them."

According to the Power study, Hyundai owners reported 102 defects per 100 vehicles, while Toyota-badged vehicles had 104 defects.

That's a 29 percent improvement for Hyundai, which had 143 defects per 100 vehicles in last year's survey. The industry average last year was 133.

This year's survey polled 51,000 car owners about any problems encountered in the first 90 days of ownership.

Biggest changes in J.D. Power IQS ratings since 2003
FOR THE BETTER
Product 2004 problems per 100 vehicles 2003 comparison
BMW 7 series 99 41% better
Toyota Avalon 89 39%
Buick Century 63 38
Hyundai Santa Fe 93 38
Hyundai Tiburon 118 38
Mercedes E class 104 37
Mitsubishi Galant# 89 37
Lincoln Town Car 87 36
Porsche 911 75 35
Toyota Tundra 90 34

FOR THE WORSE
Product 2004 problems per 100 vehicles 2003 comparison
Lexus RX 330# 89 17% worse
Chevrolet Astro 202 18%
Nissan Altima 154 18
Acura TL# 116 26
Toyota Prius# 103 27
Volvo S80 108 27
Lexus ES 330 103 30
Acura MDX 138 31
Mercury Sable 101 38
BMW 5 series# 134 47
Source: J.D. Power from industry sources
# 2004 model year redesign


The survey's rankings do not differentiate between a major gaffe, such as a transmission failure, and something relatively minor, such as wind noise or a glove box squeak.

While applauding Hyundai's efforts, Toyota officials cautioned that the first 90 days of ownership are only a partial measure of a vehicle's quality.

"What happens in the first 90 days of ownership can be telling, but the undisputed indicator of quality is time," said Toyota spokesman Xavier Dominicis. "Toyota vehicles stand the test of time."

Shoppers also should consider a vehicle's long-term durability, fuel efficiency, environmental record, safety and resale value, Dominicis said.

Toyota Division's quality results do not include Lexus, which again won the title for best-quality vehicles. But the results also did not include those of its Scion youth division, which finished a staggering fourth-worst.

Scion was hurt by complaints about the xA's stiff ride and the xB's air conditioning, which didn't cool the car quickly enough. Strictly speaking, those complaints are about vehicle Performance rather than quality, Dominicis said.

Hyundai's improvement underscores the shrinking quality gap between the industry's leaders and also-rans.

Although Japanese-badged vehicles as a group still lead the J.D. Power survey, everybody else is catching up. Korean-badged vehicles passed both European and U.S.-branded vehicles this year, even though Hyundai sibling Kia continues to struggle.

On the domestic front, Cadillac, Buick, Mercury and Oldsmobile were the only American-branded vehicles to finish with above-average quality scores. Chevrolet had a defect rate at the industry average of 119 defects per 100 vehicles.

None of the Chrysler group's brands was better than average, but the company noted that it has improved quality for 14 straight years. Meanwhile, Ford Division's quality scores were among the worst of any mass-market domestic brand. Only Jeep and Saturn fared worse.

And Hummer lumbered to the very bottom of the survey, with 173 quality problems per 100 vehicles.

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GTQuentin May 5, 12:49am - #171560 

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Hyundai is been pulling up in the ranks for the last few yrs. I really wanted a tib b4 i got my celica. O i didnt read that post either too long. tasty
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Erick May 5, 1:24am - #171561 

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Hyundai is trying to make a name for itself thumbsup but still they seem to copy and take bits and pieces of everyone elses styling for their cars..

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Veilside May 5, 11:15am - #171562 
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hyundai is a good looking car but it's kinda slow for it's price grin

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RevMonster May 5, 4:11pm - #171563 

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Soon, Hyundai will pass American quality standards. Then all it will take is another 150 years or a nuclear war involving Japan, and they will pass Toyota and Honda.

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oas May 5, 5:16pm - #171564 
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american quality standar wtf
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stefanoc May 5, 7:50pm - #171565 

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props to hyundai. just heard about this in class.
japanese should be more aware, which makes them work on their cars harder. expect better performing, reliable, and looking toyotas soon then thumbsup
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Blue Batmobile May 5, 8:52pm - #171566 
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They have a great warranty as well, 6 year 100,000 bumper to bumper!

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lee43 May 5, 10:29pm - #171567 

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kimchiman201 May 5, 11:08pm - #171568 
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that concept car is cool thumbsup
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Elec-FuYu May 6, 12:57am - #171569 
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6 year??
i thought it was 10 years?!
or is that KIA.. spineyes

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SpectraGod May 6, 7:01pm - #171570 
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I hate that damn gay ass Tibby!!! thing!!
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mastro543 May 6, 9:46pm - #171571 

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like the concept thumbsup

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