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Genesis pips Porsche in JD Power study

Results of the annual JD Power US Automotive Performance, Execution and Layout study were released on Wednesday, and for the first time in a while, there was a surprise in store right at the top. Genesis, South Korean carmaker Hyundai’s luxury arm, has emerged on top of the list of new vehicle appeal.

The study measures vehicle owners' attachment and level of excitement with a new vehicle across 77 parameters. It is based on responses from nearly 68,000 buyers and lessees of new 2018 vehicles surveyed after 90 days of ownership. Brands are scored on a 1,000-point scale.

Genesis topped the study with 884 points, having fielded just two products – the G80 and G90 sedans. The luxury brand also topped JD Power’s initial quality rankings for the first time in 2018.

Following closely on Genesis’ heels was Porsche with 883 points, BMW (863 points), Lincoln (861 points), Mercedes-Benz (858 points), Audi (853 points), Volvo (850), Cadillac (848 points), Land Rover (845 points), Lexus (842 points), Infiniti (841 points) and Jaguar (827 points).

According to Dave Sargent, vice president of the global automotive practice at JD Power, Genesis’ success could be attributed to its small product line-up, high quality and fewer reported problems in 2018 models.

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