Ford wins ‘satisfaction awards’
Dubai, July 26, 2010
Ford won five segment awards, in a recent survey that measured customer satisfaction in design, content, and vehicle performance.
In June, the Ford brand achieved the highest initial quality among all non-luxury brands, according to the2010 Initial Quality Study (IQS) conducted by J D Power and Associates.
For the second consecutive year Ford was the only non-premium brand to achieve above industry average scores in both IQS and automotive performance, execution and layout (Apeal) studies, a statement said.
In this year’s Apeal survey, owners of the 2010 Ford Fusion, Taurus, Flex, Expedition and Explorer Sport Trac, rated these vehicles highest in their respective segments for vehicle appeal, which is comprised of style, comfort, performance and other vehicle attributes.
“It’s a significant accomplishment to do so well in Apeal on the heels of receiving high marks from J.D. Power on initial quality,” said Bennie Fowler, group vice president, global quality and new model launches.
“The Apeal results stand as another proof point that Ford is redefining quality. We know it’s not enough to build defect-free cars and trucks. We move to the next step by delivering an experience that exceeds our customers’ expectations with features they would expect to find only in high-priced luxury lines,” he added.
Apeal surveys customers on what they like about the performance, execution and layout of their new vehicle after the first three months it is in service.
Customers rate their level of “gratification” on a variety of vehicle attributes, including safety, fuel economy, cargo space, roominess and exterior styling.
“At Ford, we are accelerating the development of vehicles customers will fall in love with at first sight and grow even fonder of over time,” said Derrick Kuzak, group vice president, global product development.
“To deliver on that promise, our goal is nothing less than product excellence in design, feature content, safety and quality at an exceptional value.”
Since “gratification” is difficult to define and even harder to measure, Ford looked for new ways to understand how customers define it. Researchers combed through surveys, looked at historical trends and studied customer satisfaction rates.
They spoke with people who recommended Ford to their friends, and to those who dismissed the brand out of hand. By discovering what makes customers feel good about their cars, Ford was able to develop customer-driven standards—Ford’s product DNA.
This strict set of guidelines is designed and built into every vehicle for a consistent feel and sound that is unmistakably Ford.
This “emotional engineering,” which focuses on the senses of sight, sound and touch, is helping Ford deliver vehicles that are satisfying to own and drive.
“When applying the three categories of quality, it’s never about either/or; it’s all three,” said Kuzak. “We’re still consumed with basic quality, but we’re now also very focused on providing appeal and excitement to meet customers’ desires.” – TradeArabia News Service