The Friday Five:The Defender Gets Bond-ed, Bronco Says Whoa, and Solterra Shows More Edition
This week, J.D. Power released the results of the 2021 Initial Quality Study (IQS). For the first time in the study’s 35-year history, Ram tops the list as the highest-ranked overall brand while Lexus ranks highest among luxury makes.
This year’s study also finds that mass-market brands continue to outperform luxury automakers in initial quality and that technology features such as infotainment systems and smartphone connectivity remain problematic for consumers.
Other news includes Mercedes-AMG unveiling its first-ever performance hybrid, Audi showcasing its Grandsphere concept car, and Subaru debuting its new Forester Wilderness trim. Unfortunately, the ongoing microchip shortage continues to hamper assembly plants, and the Ram 1500 is the most recent model to halt production.
But that’s not everything that was happening in the automotive space.