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Genesis, Kia and Hyundai Top 2018 J.D. Power IQS
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Genesis, Kia and Hyundai Top 2018 J.D. Power IQS
  • By Jung Min-hee
  • June 22, 2018, 12:32
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Genesis Motor America Executive Director Erwin Raphael (left) and J.D. Power Vice President Geoffrey Mortimer-Lamb pose for a picture on June 20.
Genesis Motor America Executive Director Erwin Raphael (left) and J.D. Power Vice President Geoffrey Mortimer-Lamb pose for a picture on June 20.

Genesis, Kia Motors and Hyundai Motor have topped the 2018 J.D. Power Initial Quality Study (IQS), proving that Hyundai Motor Group, which controls the three brands, has reached the world’s highest level in terms of vehicle quality.

Genesis scored 68 points to come in first in both the category of the 13 premium brands and the overall category, which also included 18 non-premium brands. Genesis topped the premium brand chart for the second consecutive year. This year, it was followed by Porsche (79 points), Lincoln (83), Lexus (84), BMW (87), Cadillac (90), Infiniti (92), Mercedes Benz (92), Acura (99) and Audi (105).

On the non-premium brand chart, Kia Motors took the top spot with 72, followed by Hyundai Motor (74), Ford (81), Chevrolet (82), RAM (84), Nissan (85), Mini (90), Buick (95), Jeep (96) and Toyota (96). Kia Motors topped the chart for four years in a row and Hyundai Motor Company climbed from fourth to second.

The Genesis G90 sedan has been selected as the best large premium car and Kia Motors’ Sorento and Rio have been awarded the top prize in the mid-size SUV and subcompact car categories, respectively. The Hyundai Tucson beat all of the other small SUVs in this year’s IQS.