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over 1 yearGenesis, Kia, Hyundai top J.D. Power quality rankings for 1st time
by Automotive News
Genesis, Hyundai's luxury brand, topped an annual U.S. report card on 2018 new-vehicle quality, followed by Kia in second place and Hyundai in third, marking the first time South Korea's three chief automotive brands have topped the closely watched J.D. Power study.
Genesis, with 68 problems reported per 100 vehicles, jumped to No. 1 in its second year as an independent brand. Kia, which had topped the study two consecutive years, dropped to second place with 72. The Hyundai brand improved by 14 points compared with 2017 with 74.
Kia has been the top-ranked mass-market brand for four consecutive years.
The Korean trio have displaced longtime Japanese leaders Toyota and Honda, who rank below the industry average for 2018.
The two Japanese brands have remained relatively stable in terms of the number of problems that customers report, but other automakers have moved ahead, including the Detroit 3.
Genesis, which markets just two vehicles, the G80 and G90 sedans, has a “very clear focus on giving customers exactly what they want and not making” the vehicles “too complicated,” said Dave Sargent, head of the global automotive practice at J.D. Power.
Improvements on the G80 were enough to propel the luxury brand to the top, Sargent said.
J.D. Power's Initial Quality Study scores reflect the number of problems reported per 100 vehicles over the first 90 days of ownership. Across the industry, new-vehicle quality improved for the fourth consecutive year and has reached its best level ever, J.D. Power said.
Full article: http://www.autonews.com/article/20180620/RETAIL/180629995/genesis-kia-hyundai-top-j-d-power-quality-rankings-for-1st-time ... Read more
over 2 yearsOver 100 New Electric Car Charging Stations Installed in Fountain Valley
FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif. (KABC) -- A big parking area in Fountain Valley is now equipped with 113 new electric vehicle charging stations.
"Welcome to Hyundai's 'Charging Century' media event, and co rporate celebration of emission-free commuting capability," said Jim Trainor, director of communications for Hyundai Motor America.
The parking lot is at the U.S. headquarters of Hyundai, where their new L.E.E.D.-certified building opened about three years ago. Between the open lot and multi-level structure, there are now plenty of ChargePoint network stations for any type of plug-in car to use. And they're part of a growing number of places to juice up your pure EV, or plug-in hybrid.
"The grid is changing, so we now have a lot more renewables on the system in the middle of the day. So let's take advantage of that zero-emission energy to fuel our vehicles," said Caroline Choi, senior vice president of regulatory affairs for Southern California Edison.
As of now, cars that need to plug in are still a rather miniscule percentage of vehicles on the road. But as that number grows, people will want to have options for where to recharge them.
"I do believe that you're going to see electric vehicle charging availability in multiple places, like malls, like shopping centers, like schools, other businesses like this," Choi said.
Hyundai's headquarters is right off the 405 Freeway, so anyone traveling is welcome to use the stations if they need to charge up their EV (using their ChargePoint access card.)
They are primarily, however, for Hyundai employees who work there and who tend to drive Hyundai vehicles, for obvious reasons. And in the future, there are going to be a lot more Hyundai vehicles that plug in.
"We expect to have about 40 percent of our sales, our lineup be electrified vehicles by the year 2025, just around the corner," said Mike O'Brien, Hyundai's vice president of product, corporate and digital planning.
The entire automotive world is actually investing in cars with batteries. Mercedes-Benz's parent company, Daimler, announced this week that it'll pour $1 billion into its Alabama manufacturing facility in order to build a line of electric SUVs.
The corner gas station is still a long way from being obsolete. But as the make-up of cars on the road changes, more and more drivers are going with at least partial electric power to move them around. And they're finding more and more places to charge them.
Original article found at: http://abc7.com/automotive/over-100-new-electric-car-charging-stations-installed-in-oc/2440999/ ... Read more
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