The majority of auto makers selling to U.S. customers boosted quality scores in the ’04 model year, with Hyundai Motor America leading the way with a 29% gain in J.D. Power and Associates’ annual Initial Quality Study. Hyundai Motor America, once the equivalent of a quality doormat in the American market, saw its IQS score improve from 143 problems per 100 vehicles in ’03 to 102 this year. Sister operation Kia Motors America improved 9%. American Honda Motor Co. Inc.’s 19% gain is the ...

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