2016 Nissan Frontier named top mid-size truck in J.D. Power 2016 Initial Quality Study (IQS)
IQS, now in its 30th year, examines problems experienced by vehicle owners during the first 90 days of ownership. Initial quality is determined by the number of problems experienced per 100 vehicles (PP100), with a lower score reflecting higher quality.
“Earning the top spot among vehicles in the extremely competitive mid-size truck segment is an immense point of pride for us,” said Dan Mohnke, vice president, Chief Marketing Manager and Marketing Operations, Nissan North America, Inc. “For our brand to jump 10 spots in the industry is an amazing feat. This recognition is a testament to the incredibly skilled men and women at our manufacturing and engineering facilities around the world.”
Nissan’s overall brand performance improves by 20 PP100 and 10 spots, to 10th place overall among 32 brands. This improvement also moves the Nissan brand up five positions to the sixth spot among all non-premium brands. The 2016 results are four PP100 better than the Industry average of 105. This is due in part to an excellent performance from Nissan’s Smyrna Vehicle Assembly Plant, which also scored above average in the Americas assembly line rankings.
Two additional Nissan models join the Frontier in earning high placement within their segments. The 2016 Altima and 2016 Murano ranked among the top three in their respective classes. Altima missed the top spot in the very competitive mid-size sedan category by only one point, while the Murano in its second year was only three PP100 out of top spot in mid-size CUV.
More than 80,000 purchasers and lessees of new 2016 model-year vehicles were surveyed in this year’s J.D Power IQS. The 233-question study is organized into eight problem categories designed to provide manufacturers with information to facilitate the identification of problems and drive product improvement. The study was fielded from February through May 2016.
About J.D. Power
J.D. Power is a global marketing information services company providing performance improvement, social media and customer satisfaction insights and solutions. The company’s quality and satisfaction measurements are based on responses from millions of consumers annually. Headquartered in Costa Mesa, Calif., J.D. Power has offices in North/South America, Europe and Asia Pacific. For more information on car reviews and ratings, car insurance, health insurance, cell phone ratings, and more, please visit jdpower.com/ratings. J.D. Power is a business unit of McGraw Hill Financial.
About Nissan North America
In North America, Nissan's operations include automotive styling, engineering, consumer and corporate financing, sales and marketing, distribution and manufacturing. Nissan is dedicated to improving the environment under the Nissan Green Program and has been recognized annually by the U.S Environmental Protection Agency as an ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year since 2010. More information on Nissan in North America and the complete line of Nissan and Infiniti vehicles can be found online at NissanUSA.com and InfinitiUSA.com, or visit the U.S. media sites NissanNews.com and InfinitiNews.com.
About Nissan Motor Co.
Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., Japan's second-largest automotive company, is headquartered in Yokohama, Japan, and is part of the Renault-Nissan Alliance. Operating with more than 247,500 employees globally, Nissan sold 5.32 million vehicles and generated revenue of 11.38 trillion yen (USD 103.6 billion) in fiscal year 2014. Nissan delivers a comprehensive range of more than 60 models under the Nissan, Infiniti and Datsun brands. Nissan leads the world in zero-emission mobility, dominated by sales of the LEAF, the first mass-market, pure-electric vehicle. It is the best-selling EV in history. For more information on our products, services and commitment to sustainable mobility, visit our website at Nissan-Global.com/EN/.