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Ford gets the most awards in J.D. Power's 2007 Initial Quality Study

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This year, Ford Motor Company received five top model segment awards in J.D. Power's Initial Quality Study (IQS). That's more than any other manufacturer.

So, Ford beat out Toyota/Lexus (4 awards), Mercedes-Benz (3) and GM (3).

"The 2007 IQS results contain some encouraging and positive news for Ford Motor Company," said Neal Oddes, director of product research and analysis at J.D. Power and Associates. "Fourteen Ford Motor Company models place in the top three of their respective segments--an achievement unmatched by any other corporation this year--which is a testament to the improvement in quality for Ford Motor Company vehicle models and plants. In addition, their Lincoln nameplate, which receives two segment awards, improves considerably to rank third in 2007, from 12th in 2006."

The most defect-free models on the market, according to J.D. Power's study is a tie between the Mercedes-Benz S-Class and the Audi A8, with 72 problems per 100 vehicles.

Overall, Porsche keeps its title as the nameplate with the fewest initial quality problems. The biggest ranking improvement this year goes to Kia which shot up from 24th place in 2006 to 12th. Land Rover, Saab and Mercedes-Benz also improved substantially, with PP100 scores down by 34, 30 and 28, respectively.

Ironically, the Platinum Award for assembly plant quality goes to Ford's Wixom plant, which closed its doors on May 31st.

Here's the breakdown of the 2007 Nameplate IQS ranking, with the number of problems per 100 vehicles: