AD #1891 – Kia Tops JD Power IQS, World’s First eHighway, Daihatsu Offers 3D Printed Panels

June 23rd, 2016 at 11:50am

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- Kia Tops JD Power IQS
- BMW Repurposes i3 Batteries
- Daihatsu Offers 3D Printed Panels
- World’s First eHighway
- You Said It!

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23 Comments to “AD #1891 – Kia Tops JD Power IQS, World’s First eHighway, Daihatsu Offers 3D Printed Panels”

  1. G.A.Branigan Says:

    I’m not surprised by Kia at all.My wife bought a new 14 Soul and it’s had zero problems.Fit and finish is good,there is nothing to complain about.Best car for 17k I have ever seen.

  2. Bradley Says:

    I could see the “E-Highway” concept being installed for trucks on the large uphills. You don’t need every mile of highway to be “E-Highway” to have a dramatic improvement in efficiency. Uphills eat a lot of fuel.

  3. R.E.Kinnee Says:

    Maybe this will stop the miss perception of Domestic vehicles vs foreign competition. I feel American owned and built automakers are on par with any foreign competition … I have had 3 Chevy Malibu’s in the last 10 years never had any problems zero/zilch none I currently have a 2016 Chevy Malibu LT zero problems, fit, finish, quality, mileage, excellent ! A Happy GM owner

  4. Steve Weintraub Says:

    I would like to see Skoda enter the U.S. market not to replace VW but to compliment it. The Skoda is slightly more upscale and a good choice for a loyal buyer that is unable to upgrade to Audi.

  5. JWH Says:

    Regarding Fusion Sport – I actually like the simple name Sport as applied to the Fusion model, & everything I have read on the Fusion Sport indicates it will be a nice vehicle. Have to admit I automatically link SHO to the Taurus nameplate – Had four of them in years past & they were a very good family vehicle.

  6. Brett Says:

    And they could put much of the energy back into the system using dynamic (regenerative) braking on the downhills.

    The overhead wires are called “catenary” in railroad parlance.

    I expect that it is more challenging to engineer compared to railroad electrification as you have to provide a return path for the electricity unlike a locomotive that uses the rails as the path to ground.

    There has been idle speculation that BNSF might electrify their transcontinental line to save on fuel costs.

  7. RS Says:

    I will never know if GM builds a reliable vehicle. After buying one of their (rather expensive) cars – that turned out to be a known lemon – I was told “GM has no obligation to you.”
    I know they provided at least token assistance to other owners – just refused to do anything for me. Repairs cost me about 25% of the original cost of the car in its third year. Never again! The first time is their fault, the second would be mine – and there will never be a second.

  8. Bradley Says:


    I would agree the quality is equal between a traditional Detroit brand and a foreign brand. However, if the traditional Detroit brands want to win more market they have to do better.

    People didn’t go to Toyota, Lexus, etc because they were equal to the competition.

  9. Phred Says:

    Quality and reliability are big influences. Look at Fiat. Their cars break and fall apart like a Hugo yet they do nothing to improve the build quality or poor documented reliability. The beautiful design lures you into the showroom but the repairs and tow charges hurt. Very similar to the Mini.

  10. aliisdad Says:

    #7… Right on, right on… My experience has been pretty much the same with “domestics”… Lots of problems, dealer ineffective and not really interested, and companies say “tough luck”… Yes, I have had the same experience over and over; BUT, NEVER again!!! We cannot afford the time to take back to the dealer over and over, and then sell the car off early just to get rid of it and its problems (water leaks, rattles, door locks that won’t work, dash lights coming on without any reason, windshield wipers coming on with no rain, trim not attached or not fitting right, and on and on…) To be fair, I do think the domestics are designed pretty well, but just not assembled well… It might be a labor problem (…remember the Chrysler lunch time drinker/dope smoker worker video?!?!) or some cutting corners in materials or assembly procedures to cut costs??
    Our last domestic car purchase was 2012.. Their poor quality and lack of interest in solving customer problems have cost them at least generations of buyers which is really too bad since they were once huge in market share and customer loyalty… Even if change really comes, this time, the domestic brands are not seen as quality compared to the others like Toyota, Nissan, Subaru, etc.. by many buyers… It will take time for this to change even if they really have changed this time, but I have heard it all before only to be disappointed… The only thing that is different now is that I no longer will risk my money by taking a chance on one of their products… What a shame!!

  11. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Car names mean different things to different people. To me, “Sport” often means something like the lowest trim level of Jeep Wrangler. That’s why I’d prefer SHO for the performance Fusion.

    Also, Skoka means something different to me, than to many people. I was in Czechoslovakia in 1992, and most Skodas were crude, little cars, about one notch up from Trabants from East Germany. Today’s VW Skodas are thoroughly modern cars, though are mostly an unknown in the U.S.

  12. aliisdad Says:

    Oh.. I forgot to mention that the quality survey was J.D. Power INITIAL quality…. Let’s check the results in a couple of years with the same people and cars… It is not really a good comparison of brands, domestic vs “imports” since most problems will show up over time… Let’s see a two or five year comparison of a Chevy vs. Toyota, or Chrysler vs. Subaru, or Ford vs. Nissan… I could be wrong, in fact I actually hope so; however, based on my experience I don’t think the results would be the same as in the INITIAL quality survey…

  13. Kit Gerhart Says:

    If you look at JD Power’s 3 year dependability numbers, Buick and Chevy are fairly good. They’re not as good as Lexus, but not bad.

  14. cwolf Says:

    Even the three year dependability is subjective because total cost of any repairs are not considered. I will always buy American autos, except for Chry. products, because they contribute to 2/3 of the auto related labor in the US. This global economy, IMO, sucks so any individual attempt to make the US strong again is to all of our benefit.

  15. pedro fernandez Says:

    Seems like Ford is worse than Fiat, according to this chart. What happened to quality first?

  16. Kit Gerhart Says:

    14 Ford was low for “feature and accessory” dependability, which I would have expected, with the earlier MyFordTouch, but they were also bad for powertrains. Seeing that, it looks like the turbo engines, and/or dual clutch transmissions aren’t doing so well. When I have more time to kill, I’ll try to find info on individual models. Some things are hard to find on the JDP web site, though.

  17. pedro fernandez Says:

    Ford, under Mullaly, introduced too many new technologies and it came back to bite them in the arse a few years later. It takes a Toyota to make a complicated car like the Prius, so damn reliable.

  18. Kit Gerhart Says:

    The Prius powertrain is mechanically pretty simple, but the electronics is (are) very complex. I’ve never heard if Toyota did it in-house, or had outside help. Either way, it works very reliably.

  19. Kit Gerhart Says:

    I see that even MINI is better than Ford, Subaru, and Nissan, for the three year dependability survey I wouldn’t have expected that.

  20. Kit Gerhart Says:

    It’s kind of hard ti find JDP dependability data by car model, but it is available by category. Here is the data for compact cars. It’s kind of interesting, partly expected, but part not as expected.

  21. Buzzerd Says:

    why are we continually trying to make trucks run like trains when we could just use …. gee I don’t know.. TRAINS!

  22. Chuck Grenci Says:

    Wow, Buick Verano, best; when I had one (as a loaner) I wasn’t thrilled by its highway ride but that is just a snapshot, maybe the whole experience supplants my observation.

  23. Andrew Coates Says:

    Uhh… The Lonestar is the best looking truck? Yikes…