Four Maruti Suzuki models as well as that of Honda and Toyota's rank highest in their respective segments in new-vehicle design and performance in India, according to the study by JD Power Asia Pacific released on Thursday.
The study, India Automotive Performance Execution and Layout, provides an analysis of what excites and delights owners about their new vehicle's performance and design during the initial two to six months of ownership. It examines nearly 100 attributes covering 10 vehicle factors such as vehicle exterior and interior, space, audio/entertainment, seats, heating and ventilation among others.
Four Maruti Suzuki models, Swift, Swift DZire, SX4 and Wagon Reach, receive awards in their respective segments.
In the entry midsize segment, the newly launched Swift DZire ranks highest with a score of 802 points on a 1,000-point scale. The Swift and SX4 each ranks highest for a second consecutive year in the premium compact and midsize segments, respectively.
In particular, satisfaction with fuel economy has improved considerably for the Swift from 2007, largely due to the launch of the new Swift Diesel, the study says. "The newest generation of Maruti Suzuki products has clearly helped improve the brand's overall image," said JD Power and Associates Senior Director Mohit Arora. Honda's Civic ranks highest in the premium midsize segment with a score of 821, while the CR-V tops for a second consecutive year in the SUV segment and also posts the highest score in the industry in 2008.