Sixth year in a row Lexus LS has won top honor with highest industry score
BY GERRY MILES
They used to balance champagne glasses off the hood with nary a wobble, roll ball-bearing down seams to show how tight their gap tolerances were and how library quiet the interiors were.
That being said, it’s no surprise that the Lexus LS flagship luxury sedan got the top score among all industry models in the 2013 J.D. Power and Associates Initial Quality Study (IQS) with 59 problems per 100 vehicles (PP100). This is the sixth year in a row the LS has had the highest score in the industry.
The LS was redesigned for the 2013 model year to sport a greater road presence and brand identity to underscore improved driving dynamics, responsiveness and handling.
The most technologically advanced vehicle in the Lexus lineup, the LS features an array of safety features, including the industry’s most advanced Pre-Collision Safety System (A-PCS). The LS had May 2013 sales of 996 units, up 117.9 percent on both a volume and DSR basis compared to the same period last year.
Production Facilities Received High Honors
The Lexus production facilities also took Plant Assembly Line Quality Awards. The Yoshiwara, Japan plant (LX 570) was honored with the Gold Plant Assembly Line Quality Award, while the Kyushu 2, Japan plant (IS line, ES line, RX line) received a Silver Plant Assembly Line Quality Award.