Chevy Volt Wins J.D Power APEAL Award for 3rd Consecutive Year; Volt is Still Only Plug-In to Ever Win

JUL 25 2013 BY ERIC LOVEDAY 9

Chevy Volt Wins APEAL Award for 3rd Consecutive Year

Chevy Volt Wins APEAL Award for 3rd Consecutive Year

In the “compact car” category, the Chevy Volt is, once again, king of the J.D. Power and Associates Automotive Performance, Execution and Layout (APEAL) Study.  It’s a three-peat for the Volt, as it now has captured for award for three years running.

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J.D. Power doles out an almost countless number of awards annually, so what makes APEAL unique?  Well, here’s how J.D Power describes it:

“The APEAL examines what consumers like about their new vehicles after 90 days of ownership. Often referred to as “things gone right,” APEAL is based on eight categories of vehicle performance and design: engine/transmission; ride, handling and braking; comfort/convenience; seats; cockpit/instrument panel; heating, ventilation and cooling; sound system; and styling/exterior.”

“The APEAL Study, now in its 18th year, was completely revised for 2013: updated to better measure the appeal of today’s vehicles, particularly with respect to the new technologies and features now being offered. Participants in the study are owners and lessees of new vehicles, who evaluate their purchases across 77 attributes. Based on verified owner responses, each car, truck, SUV or van model receives an overall APEAL score (based on a 1,000-point scale). Models are further grouped into vehicle segments, so that models of a similar type may be compared, i.e., the APEAL score of one premium car can be compared with other premium cars.”

It should be noted that no other plug-in vehicle has ever topped J.D Powers’ APEAL study in any vehicle segment.  So, the Volt is supreme here.

The 2013 APEAL Study is based on responses gathered between February and May 2013 from more than 83,000 purchasers and lessees of new 2013 model year cars and light trucks, who were surveyed after the first 90 days of ownership. The APEAL Study complements the Initial Quality Study (IQS), which focuses on problems experienced by owners during the first 90 days of ownership.

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9 Comments on "Chevy Volt Wins J.D Power APEAL Award for 3rd Consecutive Year; Volt is Still Only Plug-In to Ever Win"

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Tesla will be on that list next year, you can be sure!

“gathered between February and May 2013”

How were they not on it this year?!?

Looks like this won.

http://autos.jdpower.com/research/Lexus/LS%20460/2013/Sedan/index.htm

I wonder how they get contact information to call buyers? Through dealers? If so, they might not get tesla owners.

Digging a little more it does look like Tesla was not included in the survey. In this link they have average issues per 100 vehicles by nameplate and Tesla is not on there.

http://autos.jdpower.com/content/press-release/3WScQEz/2013-j-d-power-initial-quality-study.htm

I bet Fisker is happy they were left off as well 😉

Congrats Volt!

I’m putting on my Green Eyeshade Visor now, since everyone likes the volt (myself included), why oh why doesn’t GM spend a Tiny Bit more money and bring out XOLT’s (crossovers and SUVS), PICKOLTS (pickup trucks), and ROALTSTERS (like the ’53 Corvette, before they put it on steroids)?

If the marginal cost of the volt is in the Green, then they could make a ton of money easily extending the platform. And for most venues they’d have no effective competion until Tesla brings out the ‘X’.

Check out Via Motors on Jay Leno’s Garage. Volt’s on steroids.

It just means that Volt owners are the only ones crazy enough to fill out and mail back the ridiculous JD Power and Ass’s surveys 😉

Wooooo Hooooo !

Go Volt you ………….little beauty !