Title: Consumer perception of US and Japanese automobiles: a statistical comparison via consumer reports and J.D. Power & Associates data

Authors: Abhijit Gosavi; William Daughton; Ozge Senoz; V.A. Samaranayake

Addresses: Department of Engineering Management & Systems Engineering, 219 Engineering Management Building, Missouri University of Science and Technology, Rolla, MO 65409, USA ' Engineering Management, College of Engineering and Applied Science, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, 1420 Austin Bluffs Pkwy, Colorado Springs, CO 80918, USA ' 805-A Halifax Dr., Rolla, MO 65401, USA ' Department of Mathematics and Statistics, Missouri University of Science and Technology, 202 Rolla Building, Rolla, MO 65409, USA

Abstract: Consumer reports (CR) and J.D. Power & Associates (JDP) produce annual reports on cars made by US and Japanese auto-makers that are widely used by consumers in the US in making their purchase decisions. In the mainstream media, US and Japanese cars have been compared, but no systematic statistical analysis of this exists to the best of our knowledge. Further, the two sources, CR and JDP, have also not been compared for any potential correlation. In this paper, we carry out statistical tests to determine whether: i) strong correlation exists between these two sources; ii) whether US and Japanese cars have undergone any trends in the last 10 years. Our key findings are: i) CR and JDP are not strongly correlated; ii) although Japanese cars still outrank US cars, the latter are fast closing the gap in perceived quality, while the former are fast losing ground on brand image.

Keywords: automotive surveys; consumer satisfaction; quality management; advertisements; consumer perceptions; US cars; Japanese cars; consumer reports; USA; United States; Japan; automobile industry; purchase decisions; J.D. Power & Associates; JDP annual reports; statistical analysis; perceived quality; brand image.

DOI: 10.1504/IJEME.2016.079826

International Journal of Engineering Management and Economics, 2016 Vol.6 No.1, pp.1 - 18

Available online: 14 Oct 2016 *

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