The Philippine-built Mazda 3 topped Thailand's quality tests in the midsize sedan segment for the third consecutive year, a J.D. Power Asia Pacific Report said.
The quality tests were made based on a new car's performance in the first six months of ownership in the J.D. Power Asia Pacific 2009 Thailand Initial Quality Study. Over 200 problem symptoms covering eight categories are examined based on the frequency of reported problems in areas like vehicle exterior, engine, transmission, driving experience, entertainment and navigation, and other car features.
To determine the overall quality of a vehicle's performance, the problems experienced are counted per 100 vehicles (PP 100). A lower score represents higher quality.
The Philippine-made Mazda 3 scored 137 PP100, making it the best vehicle in the midsize sedan segment.
"The Thailand IQS result further strengthens Mazda3's reputation as a globally multi-awarded compact sedan," said Steven Tan, Mazda Philippines vice president for marketing and sales. "More importantly, it validates the strength of our Philippine manufacturing operations and our quality process, which have been producing the Mazda3 in our Sta. Rosa, Laguna plant."