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Ford vehicles grab 5 top spots in Power survey

By K.C. Crain
Automotive News / October 08, 2002
Ford Motor Co. claimed five top-place finishes in an annual J.D. Power and Associates survey on consumer happiness with their new vehicles, a big gain from last year's survey when the struggling automaker scored only two first-place finishes.

The Ford Thunderbird and the Lincoln Town Car bumped perennial winner Lexus from the top spot in two categories: entry luxury car, displacing the Lexus ES 300; and mid-luxury car, bumping the Lexus GS sedan. Toyota and Lexus had three vehicles ranked at the top of their categories this year.

The rankings for J.D. Power and Associates' annual Automotive Performance, Execution and Layout survey were released Tuesday.

Other category changes included the Mini Cooper rising to the top of the compact car segment, replacing the Volkswagen Beetle, which had been on top since 1998.; the Hyundai Sonata rising to the top of the entry mid-sized car segment; and the Honda CR-V at the top of the entry sport-utility segment, which was won last year by the Pontiac Aztek.

General Motors had three vehicles place in the top of their categories. No DaimlerChrysler vehicles were ranked No. 1 in any of the 17 categories. The consulting firm added a category this year for full-sized vans, won by the GMC Savana.

The rankings are based on the responses of 117,800 new-car buyers surveyed by J.D. Power and Associates of Westlake Village, Calif. The study rates cars on eight areas of performance and design, such as styling and comfort, during the first 90 days of ownership.

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