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Dodge and Kia named #1 in J.D. Power Initial Quality Study » Tesla is last, confirming the EV maker’s ongoing long documented quality problems

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Note added June 26, 2020 » This should have been a good news story for both Kia and Dodge. Instead the media (including this site) is focused on Tesla’s terrible ranking.

J.D. Power’s Initial Quality Study, now in its 34th year, examines problems experienced by purchasers and lessees of new 2020 model-year vehicles during the first 90 days of ownership. According to J.D. Power, Initial Quality has proven to be an excellent predictor of long-term reliability, which has a significant impact on owner satisfaction and brand loyalty.

This is the first time a Detroit automaker topped the list in 34 years. The Dodge Durango and Dodge Challenger models both scored very high in their segments.

Kia tied Dodge and maintained its six-year streak as top-ranked auto brand.

Tesla, which outdid perennially bottom-ranked Land Rover, has traditionally refused to cooperate with outside researchers like J.D. Power. Perhaps we now understand more the reasons for this.

The J.D. Power IQS results vindicate the many reports from owners, journalists, and analysts concerning Tesla’s persistent production quality issues. J.D. Power is well respected in the industry.

While Tesla has focused on being first to market, the short term, it has created long-term problems. The company has a long documented history of severe quality issues. (CNBC » Build fast, fix later: Speed hurts quality at Tesla, some workers say)

That mindset doesn’t appear to have changed as the newest Model Y is experiencing many of the same difficulties and widespread defects that have afflicted earlier models.

Hype and being first to market has proven profitable for Elon Musk and shareholders, and they have built up a fan base. However, if Tesla does not improve quality, they will not be able to grow their base into paying customers at a time when other manufacturers with much better reputations for quality products are rapidly bring EVs to market.

Tesla is not about to go the way of Edsel any time soon. But just as there will always be a market of Land Rover, there will always be a fans of Tesla.

Paul A. Eisenstein / The Detroit Bureau »

The Dodge brand, long a quality laggard, surged to take the top spot in the 2020 Power IQS, tying Kia, while toppling traditional benchmarks including Korea’s Genesis, Japan’s Lexus and Germany’s Porsche.

If anything, Porsche plunged to the lower quartile in the latest quality study, while Lexus and Genesis also slid sharply down the list. But no one fared more poorly than Tesla. Covered for the first time in the IQS, the California EV maker was, by far, posted an industry-worst score, underscoring recent reports of endemic quality issues impacting its line-up and, in particular, the new Model Y battery-SUV.

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A Chevy Bolt derivative, the Buick Velite 7 electric has been in displayed in China

Buick released the first image of the Velite 7, a new electric hatchback.

AutoWeek (Rough Translation from Dutch) »

The Buick Velite 7 is technically ‘just’ a Bolt / Ampera-e and that means that the Velite 7 intended for the Chinese consumer will probably also get the same fully electric drivetrain that delivers 204 hp and 360 Nm. The range of the Bolt was increased in 2019 to 416 kilometers determined by the relatively accurate US EPA measurement method.

Buick himself speaks of a NEDC range of 500 kilometers. This range is made possible by a battery pack with a capacity of 66 kWh, which was previously 60 kWh. It is not known whether the Chinese Buick Velite 7 will receive the 60 kWh or the 66 kWh package. In accordance with Chinese tradition, the Velite 7 is about ten centimeters longer than its Western brothers. That means the Chinese Buick is 4.26 meters long. The wheelbase is 2.68 meters about 8 centimeters longer than the existing family members of the Velite 7.

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Related » Chevy Bolt turns into Buick Velite 7 electric crossover hatchback in China

GM will be launching new EVs starting this year

The next General Motors EV will be a renewed Chevrolet Bolt EV, launching in late 2020. This will be followed by a ‘crossover’ version, dubbed the Bolt EUV, launching Summer 2021.

GM says the 2022 Bolt EUV will be the first vehicle outside of the Cadillac brand to feature Super Cruise, GM’s hands-free driving technology. GM promises Super Cruise will be available in 10 name plates by 2021, and expand to 22 vehicles across the GM brands by 2023.

The Cadillac Lyriq luxury SUV will be in April, but details about its launch were not shared. The GMC HUMMER EV is scheduled to be introduced on May 20, with production expected to start in the fall at GM’s Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant.

What is clear from this announcement is that aside from the Chevy Bolt, GM’s new EVs are big, heavy vehicles that will appeal to American buyers. GM has not changed that direction.

More » CNBC » General Motors to spend $20 billion through 2025 on new electric, autonomous vehicles

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