Hummer fans may have questioned last year’s J.D. Power and Associates survey which ranked Hummer dead last for quality, but they might like this year’s survey better. According to Autoweek, Hummer was the most improved brand in the 2005 quality rankings. Hummer defects dropped from 173 to 110 per 100 vehicles, tying it for tenth place overall and sliding it into the “better than average” category. Hummer beat brands like Honda, Nissan, and Toyota’s Scion in the quality ranking. Hummer finished ahead of off-road competitors Jeep and Land Rover, who came in at 120 and 149 problems per 100 vehicles.
According to the article, Hummer?s scores improved this year on 76 of the 135 attributes, but its score on fuel economy was unchanged. (Surprised?) Hummer’s big leap upwards in quality was par for the course at General Motors in 2005 – GM claimed top honors in five vehicle segments.
Overall, this is great news for Hummer – for a nearly new brand to beat out established Japanese lines like Honda and Nissan is fantastic.