LEXUS AND BUICK TOP JD POWER DEPENDABILITY STUDY
Lexus and Buick win top honors in JD Power’s new dependability study. Overall, the study found that technology is playing a big role in all the owner reported problems during the first three years of ownership. The top two reported issues are with bluetooth connectivity and voice-recognition systems.
“As we’ve seen in our Initial Quality Study, owners view in-vehicle technology issues as significant problems, and they typically don’t go away after the ownership honeymoon period is over,” said Renee Stephens, vice president of U.S. automotive at J.D. Power. “Furthermore, early indications from our upcoming 2015 U.S. Tech Choice Study show that vehicle owner expectations of advanced technology capabilities are growing. Owners clearly want the latest technology in their vehicles, and they don’t hesitate to express their disapproval when it doesn’t work. Their definition of dependability is increasingly influenced by usability.”
All in all, domestic brands are making strides towards the top, but the number one spot goes to Lexus for the fourth straight year. However, the big surprise is Buick. The automaker narrowly tops Toyota for second place. Overall, both General Motors Toyota received awards in seven segments.
Fiat, Land Rover, Jeep and Mini fared the worst in the study.
GOODBYE FISKER, HELLO ELUX
Fisker’s new china-based owners, Wanxiang, plan to rename the company ahead of the Karma’s relaunch. Wanxiang has been Fisker’s new owner for a year, after buying the bankrupt company which stopped producing cars in 2012. Now comes word the company will be rebranded “Elux.” That means look for the “Elux Karma” down the road. It’s relaunch has been delayed until 2016 while the company spends millions to upgrade the car’s hardware. It’ll also come with revised styling and a $25,000 higher price tag than the original.
VW BIDS FAREWELL TO EOS
After nine years of production, Volkswagen is putting its hardtop convertible, the Eos, to bed. It will stop rolling off the production line in May or June of this year.
It’s not exactly a surprise, as Volkswagen built a Final Edition Eos model. The company isn’t planning a successor. It’s safe to say VW is now concentrating on the hot crossover and SUV segment as well as on its successful Golf line.