The J.D. Power Initial Quality Study provides a snapshot at how various automakers and their brands have a handle on quality, and on Wednesday, the firm dropped its most important one yet. Why? This year,for the first time ever.
Let’s get right to that big piece of news: Tesla ranks dead last, with an asterisk. J.D. Power’s methodology is to collect surveys from owners in all 50 states after 90 days of ownership, but Tesla won’t let the firm collect information in 15 states. So, J.D. Power instead collected a large enough sample from the 35 other states to include the electric carmaker. Technically, Tesla doesn’t qualify to rank, but in the grand scheme of things, it would place last.
In the IQS, J.D. Power measures rankings based on problems experienced per 100 vehicles (PP100), and a low number is the name of the game here. When it comes to Tesla, the firm recorded 250 Read more>>for every 100 Tesla vehicles whose owners it surveyed across the 35 states — well above the industry average of 166 PP100…