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Kia, Audi, Jaguar Lead Annual Total Quality Index

Mercedes SL-Class takes top score in listing.

by on Jun.30, 2014

The Audi Q5 is one of three quality leaders produced by the German maker in this year's Total Quality Index from Strategic Vision.

With news of a record-setting number of recalls filling the eyes and ears of car and truck owners, finding out what brands produced the highest quality vehicles this year likely tops list of information wanted new vehicle buyers.

Strategic Vision released its 19th annual Total Quality Index winners today: Kia is the leader for non-luxury brands while Audi and Jaguar deadlocked for the luxury market.

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“What we learn from this year’s Total Quality results is the need for complete understanding of how buyers are influenced and it’s not just by counting problems,” says Alexander Edwards, President of Strategic Vision. (more…)

Kia Slammed By 2nd Recall in Two Days

Faulty brakes, air bags impact nearly 100,000 Korean vehicles.

by on Jun.06, 2012

A defective brake pedal on the 2009 Borrego forces Kia's second recall in two days.

It’s not been a good week for Kia – nor its customers.  The Korean carmaker has announced its second recall in two days, the pair of problems involving nearly 100,000 utility vehicles and sedans due to brake and airbag problems.

The latest service action involves 21,912 Kia Borrego crossover/utility vehicles sold during the 2009 model-year.  The problem involves a brake pedal mount that could break lose during a collision, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

It might sound moot at that point but NHTSA notes that a motorist wouldn’t be able to stop the vehicle from continuing to roll and possibly becoming involved in a second accident.

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The vehicles affected by the latest recall were produced between May 2, 2008 and January 20, 2009 and are designated 2009 models.  An owner can verify if they have one of the vehicles likely covered by the recall by checking the date of manufacture which is noted on a plate in the driver’s door jamb.

Yesterday’s recall involved approximately 73,000 subcompact Kia Rio models produced during the 2006 through 2008 model-years.

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