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JDPower Quality Ranking and Statistical significance

Posted in average quality, confirmation bias, dealership effect, JD Power, Lexus, margin of error, Posts, quality survey, ranking, selection bias, statistical significance, and Toyota

…is JDPower more reliable than Republican pollsters?…
JDPower’s latest quality survey reports a gradual (but over time substantial) improvement in vehicles sold in the US, averaging 126 customer-reported defects per 100 vehicles, versus 216 for 2007. That recent vehicles are better than those of a decade ago matches casual observation of new and used cars. But JDPowers also reports numbers by brand, resulting in a ranking widely reported by the media and (when the rank is high) echoed in advertising. (See for example the Feb 13 story in Automotive News.

The Industry in the face of the Euro’s (partial) demise

Posted in Chysler, Euro, Eurxit, Fiat, Ford, General Motors, Germany, Grexit, Nissan, OEMs, Opel, Peugeot, Renault, Spain, suppliers, Toyota, Turkey, and Volkswagen

…Eurxit and beyond… The Euro as currently configured is not sustainable, from both an economic and from a political perspective. Spain cannot possibly deflate its…

Bad News for Toyota? – the Detroit 3 are Back

Posted in Accord, Camry, Chrysler, fixed costs, Ford, General Motors, GM, Honda, Impala, legacy costs, marginal costs, mid-sized cars, profitability, and Toyota

…the Detroit 3 are returning to the midsized-car segment… I’m tossing out back issues of Automotive News to try to fit into a corner office…

Toyota vs GM: Guess Who’s the Dinosaur!

Posted in Camry, corporate strategy, dominant firm models, General Motors, GM, Hyundai, Impala, Malibu, microeconomics, product comparisons, Sonata, and Toyota

…economic theory says dominant firms adopt strategies that undermine their dominance … This isn’t an enthusiast site, and I’m not a car guy. My family…