J.D. Power and Associates

Tech propels Kia to best-ever IQS finish

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 22, 2015

While automakers continue to frustrate customers with glitchy technology, has Kia cracked the code? The Korean brand led all other nonpremium marques in the 2015 J.D. Power and Associates Initial Quality Study for the first time -- largely on the strength of improved in-car tech.... Read More »

Kia rises in J.D. Power quality; Japanese fall below average

1:00 pm U.S. ET | June 17, 2015

Kia topped all other nonpremium brands in J.D. Power and Associates' latest survey of new-vehicle quality for the first time ever, while Japanese brands fell below the industry average -- another first in the study's 29-year history.... Read More »

Costco says referrals led to nearly 400,000 U.S. vehicle sales in 2014

2:02 pm U.S. ET | June 9, 2015

In a sign of shifting consumer attitudes, Costco said its dealership referral programs led to sales of 398,875 new and used vehicles in the U.S. in 2014.... Read More »

J.D. Power is buying NADA's Used Car Guide

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 1, 2015

The National Automobile Dealers Association has agreed to sell its 82-year-old Used Car Guide business to J.D. Power and Associates.... Read More »

J.D. Power to buy NADA Used Car Guide

1:00 pm U.S. ET | May 28, 2015

The National Automobile Dealers Association has agreed to sell an 82-year-old institution, its Used Car Guide business, to J.D. Power. The deal is expected to yield shared cost savings and lead to more comprehensive data and new products.... Read More »

Porsche U.S. chief: Raise customer satisfaction

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 9, 2015

Porsche has been at the top of many automotive customer satisfaction surveys. But that's not enough for US chief Detlev von Platen, who is calling for dealers and the company to improve their performance.... Read More »

Auto safety technology trumps entertainment for consumers, J.D. Power study finds

1:00 pm U.S. ET | April 22, 2015

Automakers should invest in safety technology, over entertainment and convenience, to satisfy customers, according to a J.D. Power study released today.... Read More »

Low rates will continue to help auto sales, financing in 2015, experts say

11:45 am U.S. ET | April 8, 2015

Interest rates should remain low for the rest of 2015, helping auto dealerships sell vehicles, experts say. Low interest rates and longer auto-loan terms have largely offset higher transaction prices the past few years, keeping increases in monthly payments to a minimum.... Read More »

Low oil prices drive bullish forecasts for U.S. sales

11:42 am U.S. ET | March 31, 2015

The US auto industry appears to be firmly in the fast lane, at least for the next two years. New-car sales are on track to expand for a sixth consecutive year in 2015 and face few major risks to the streak in 2016, economists said here today at the NADA/J.D. Power Automotive Forum.... Read More »

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BLOG: If dealers don't weigh in, they can't gripe

12:30 pm U.S. ET | March 25, 2015

Dealers have a chance right now to weigh in on what they like and don’t like about their lenders, and they shouldn’t miss the opportunity.
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J.D. Power, MarketShare alliance to help automakers balance marketing, incentive spending

3:04 pm U.S. ET | March 23, 2015

J.D. Power and marketing analytics company MarketShare have teamed up to help automotive sales and marketing executives find the right balance of spending on marketing campaigns and incentives.... Read More »

GM stays strong in dealership-service satisfaction; Jaguar jumps to No. 1 in luxury

1:00 pm U.S. ET | March 18, 2015

General Motors again dominated the top rankings in customer satisfaction at dealership service departments, claiming three of the five highest-scored mainstream brands in a benchmark study released today by JD Power and Associates.... Read More »

Lexus wins 4th straight J.D. Power dependability title; Buick rises to No. 2

10:00 am U.S. ET | Feb. 25, 2015

Toyota's Lexus claimed its fourth consecutive title as most-dependable automotive brand after three years of ownership while corporate sibling Scion jumped to ninth place from 22nd a year earlier, J.D. Power and Associates said today. Buick came in at No. 2, rising three spots from last year.... Read More »

Did Subaru store falsify customer surveys?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 16, 2015

If the allegations prove true, employees at South Coast Subaru went rogue in their efforts to boost customer satisfaction scores. But the tale is about far more than one store. Subaru's lawsuit against the dealership highlights friction between factories and dealers over measuring customer satisfaction.... Read More »

Nissan targets improvements in dealer experience

4:15 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 23, 2015

Nissan will roll out a nationwide program this spring intended to boost its middle-of-the-road customer satisfaction scores on dealership experience. The undertaking -- known internally as the Quality Growth Program -- will be a bonus program to reward dealers for meeting various targets to improve their satisfaction performance.... Read More »

Big sales goal for new Titan may be low, Nissan's Munoz says

10:45 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 22, 2015

Nissan startled many auto industry observers last week when it said it envisioned the redesigned 2016 Titan capturing 5 percent of the U.S. full-size pickup market. But Nissan's U.S. boss, Jose Munoz, says 5 percent might be on the low side.... Read More »

Blue sky values up, but buy/sell activity likely to slow as industry growth does, panel argues

2:30 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 22, 2015

Slowing vehicle sales growth rates across the industry are also likely to slow dealership buy/sell activity just as blue sky values peak, just not yet, a panel of experts on dealership transactions said at the 2015 J.D. Power Automotive Summit.... Read More »

New models are driving brands' success

6:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 22, 2015

New-model introductions will continue to boost the performance of auto franchises for the next two years. Brands from mass-market to luxury are chalking up positive results in customer satisfaction and owner-loyalty largely as a result of a stream of new and substantially redesigned products.... Read More »

A bright outlook for 2015 -- with a few worries

2:45 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 22, 2015

Risky car loans are on the increase, rising interest rates will put a crimp on product prices, and a new wave of off-lease vehicles soon will wash over the market. That's the bad news, Thomas King, J.D. Power vice president of OEM operations, told the audience at Power's Automotive Summit on Thursday at the National Automobile Dealers Association convention here.... Read More »

Toyota's Carter says dealerships must change to look like new customers

1:30 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 22, 2015

Successful auto dealers must make their dealerships look like their future customers with more women, minorities and the young, Toyota's head of automotive operations in the US says.... Read More »

Faster is better in F&I, Power survey shows

12:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 22, 2015

The latest J.D. Power Sales Satisfaction Index Study underscores how important it is to get customers in and out of the F&I office as quickly as possible.... Read More »

For 4th straight year, mpg is top reason a shopper buys a vehicle

1:37 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 15, 2015

For the fourth straight year, new-vehicles buyers ranked fuel economy as the most influential factor in selecting a vehicle, JD Power and Associates said in a new report.... Read More »

Ford says internal quality ratings rise following tech fixes

8:52 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 13, 2015

Ford says its internal North American quality ratings improved last year for the first time since 2010, after working through issues with its touchscreen systems and bumpy new-model launches.... Read More »

Faster is better in F&I, Power survey shows

11:00 am U.S. ET | Dec. 10, 2014

The latest J.D. Power Sales Satisfaction Index Study underscores how important it is to get customers in and out of the F&I office as quickly as possible.... Read More »

Discounts, falling gas prices driving Nov. sales higher

3:30 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 25, 2014

The U.S. auto industry may post its highest November sales volume since 2001, and one forecaster says light-vehicle transaction prices are on pace to reach the highest level ever for a second consecutive month. Year-end clearance sales and the lowest gasoline prices since 2010 are two big factors behind the forecasts.... Read More »

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