JD Power Asia Pacific's Initial Quality Study (IQS) seeks to provide in-depth diagnostic information on new-vehicle quality after 90 days of ownership. Owners are surveyed regarding problems with their new vehicles. Well, the results of the 2004 India study are out and it's the Maruti Alto and the Maruti Esteem that come out on top of the Premium Compact Car and Entry Midsize Car segments respectively.
Rising fuel prices coupled with unkept fuel efficiency related promises have been the main thorns in the sides of consumers of late.
Continuing it's run of recent surprises, the Fiat Palio with an improvement score of a whopping 52% is the most improved model in the industry in terms of initial vehicle quality. Looks like some of the initiatives that Fiat India is taking are working.