Hyundai Rated Top Carmaker in U.S. Quality Evaluation

Hyundai Motor has once again proved the top quality of its cars in the U.S. The carmaker came first among 20 brands exclusive of luxury brands in the latest Initial Quality Survey conducted by U.S. market researcher JD Power and Associates.

This is the third time it has topped the annual survey after 2006 and 2009. Its ranking rose four spots from the previous year.

When luxury brands are included, Hyundai came fourth after Porsche, Jaguar and Lexus.

Hyundai’s affiliate Kia climbed two spots from last year to No. 3, tied with Chevrolet.

Launched in 1968, JD Power is the most-used reference by American car buyers. The survey looked at owner-reported problems in the first 90 days of new-vehicle ownership.

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Kia or Hyundai models came out on top in five categories. For Hyundai, the Genesis took the top spot in the midsize premium car segment and the Accent and Avante did the same in the small and compact car segments.

Kia's Sportage and Cadenza (K7 in Korea) were rated the best small SUV and large car.

Among all 207 cars surveyed, the Accent ranked second and the Genesis seventh. The Porsche Panamera came out on the top.

englishnews@chosun.com / Jun. 20, 2014 10:32 KST