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Honda Takes Top Spot from Toyota in Customer Retention Study
J.D. Power and Associates released its U.S. 2008 Customer Retention Study on Wednesday, with Honda knocking of Toyota for the top spot. The survey measures the percentage of customers who replace vehicles with models from the same automaker.

Honda’s 64.7 percent of customers that came back for a second helping just edged out Toyota’s 63.2 percent. Toyota’s Lexus brand finished third in the study, followed by Mercedes-Benz and BMW.

“Honda’s reputation for creating safe vehicles with high resale value has been instrumental in retaining owners,” Debbie Ortuno, product research and analysis manager at J.D. Power, told Automotive News. Honda’s lineup of fuel-efficient vehicles probably didn’t hurt, either.

Only 11 brands ranked above the industry average of 48 percent, with four of those spots going to Japanese automakers. The only domestic brands above the industry average were Ford, Chevrolet and Cadillac.

The study also found that customer retention slipped in 2008 – a sign of increased competition — with the industry average falling from 49 percent.

 

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Yup our family is on our 4th Honda as well, My mom's old car back in '82 was a Honda Civic, She now drives the Odyssey, I'm driving the TSX, and my Bro is rocking the Fit.
 

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Honda is doing good enough. Now, please work on Acura.
 

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Acura is 25th

JD Powers Retention Study
Last update: 1:00 p.m. EST Dec. 10, 2008
WESTLAKE VILLAGE, Calif., Dec 10, 2008 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- As New-Vehicle Sales Continue to Fall, Customer Retention Becomes Critically Important

WESTLAKE VILLAGE, Calif., Dec. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Honda leads the automotive industry in retaining the highest percentage of new-vehicle purchasers, according to the J.D. Power and Associates 2008 Customer Retention Study(SM) released today.
Now in its sixth year, the study measures the percentage of new-vehicle buyers and lessees who replace a previously purchased new vehicle with another from the same brand.

Improving by nearly two percentage points from 2007, Honda leads the customer retention rankings (64.7%), followed by Toyota (63.2%) and Lexus (60.4%).

"Honda has historically been a strong performer in terms of customer retention, but 2008 marks the first time since the inception of the study that the brand has achieved the highest retention rate in the industry," said Debbie Ortuno, manager of product research and analysis at J.D. Power and Associates. "This comes at a time when all manufacturers are facing challenges presented by current market conditions, including sales declines and tight credit. In particular, Honda's reputation for creating safe vehicles with high resale value has been instrumental in retaining owners."

Overall customer retention declines slightly to 48 percent in 2008 from 49 percent in 2007. In 2008, 13 of the 36 ranked brands have improved in customer retention rates from 2007, while 18 have declined and five have remained stable. Land Rover posts the greatest improvement in customer retention rates from 2007, improving by 18 percentage points in 2008. This improvement is driven primarily by incentives, attractive sales deals and the look and styling of Land Rover models.

The study finds that, among retained customers, the importance of safety, fuel economy and deals/incentives have increased as reasons for repurchasing, compared with 2007. Among conquest customers -- those owners whose new vehicle replaced a vehicle of a different brand -- fuel economy, ownership/maintenance costs and deals/incentives have the greatest increases in importance since 2007 in their decisions to change brands.

"In 2008, new-vehicle buyers have become increasingly concerned with monetary factors when deciding whether to repurchase a vehicle brand -- a reflection of current economic conditions,"
said Ortuno. "Manufacturers with vehicle lineups that adequately address these concerns will be poised to retain a greater share of customers and to win conquests."

Customer retention will become even more critical to automakers in the coming year, as new light-vehicle sales in 2009 are projected to decline to below 12 million units.

"Educating potential buyers about models that have good fuel economy and low ownership costs will help manufacturers retain their customer base and attract new customers, particularly for those brands that may be curtailing new-model introductions and redesigns, which traditionally generate customer interest," said Ortuno.

The 2008 Customer Retention Study is based on responses from 147,238 new-vehicle buyers and lessees, of which 88,971 replaced a vehicle that was previously acquired new. The study was fielded between November 2007 and May 2008.


2008 Make Retention Rates

Honda 64.7%
Toyota 63.2%
Lexus 60.4%
Mercedes-Benz 58.6%
BMW 58.5%
Ford 52.5%
Chevrolet 52.0%
Nissan 51.3%
Subaru 50.5%
Cadillac 50.4%
Land Rover 49.0%
Industry Average 48.0%
Scion 47.2%
Hyundai 46.7%
HUMMER 43.7%
Jeep 42.8%
Suzuki 40.7%
GMC 40.6%
Lincoln 40.6%
Dodge 39.7%
Volkswagen 39.7%
Porsche 38.2%
Infiniti 37.9%
Audi 37.2%
Saturn 37.1%
Acura 37.0%
Chrysler 32.8%
Kia 32.5%
Volvo 32.5%
Buick 31.3%
Mazda 30.7%
SAAB 30.5%
Mercury 30.2%
MINI 29.3%
Mitsubishi 28.1%
Pontiac 27.2%
Jaguar 26.2%​

Base: The percentage of customers who replaced a vehicle previously purchased new and acquired a new vehicle of the same make.

About J.D. Power and Associates
Headquartered in Westlake Village, Calif., J.D. Power and Associates is a global marketing information services company operating in key business sectors including market research, forecasting, performance improvement, training and customer satisfaction. The company's quality and satisfaction measurements are based on responses from millions of consumers annually. For more information on car reviews and ratings, car insurance, health insurance, cell phone ratings, and more, please visit JDPower.com. J.D. Power and Associates is a business unit of The McGraw-Hill Companies.

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I do not think that it is just a v8 or RWD that Acura needs. Acura currently offers 3 midsize sedans & 2 midsize CUVs ... more or less. So it is not just a problem of moving up, it is a problem of moving anywhere to a degree.

It does not help that 2 of those sedans are FWD & the 3rd may be SHAWD but it only comes w/ a v6 which is the same engine type as the other ...

Both CUVs come only w/ a single v6 option & SHAWD.

In short some choices and/or more differentation b/n vehicles would lead to more retention IMHO. A coupe, compact vehicle, convertible, roadster, fullsize, hybrid, diesel ... there are several areas they could expand into.

Honestly, I am still waiting on the Acurafied Odyssey & Ridgeline. Sure, sales would be low but it would be interesting to see ...
 

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HAHA i like that yea i wanna see what was the acura's score on that.
Acura is wayyy down on the list..down at 37%. I personally don't have a beef with acura except for their new styling. I don't see a need for acura to improve significantly to compete with lexus, bmw and MB. Acura is currently in a nice niche, which I appreciate and purchase the car for the reasons such as: reliability, fuel efficiency, sportiness, comfort, luxury. All of which I think Acura has done really well. I don't need a RWD V8 RL, I think the 08 TL-S hit the perfect spot for acura, a spot they can stay at while enjoying great amounts of sale.

I think that sticking with the SHAWD is a great choice, but maybe introducing a V8 for the small segment of the population that really wants a v8 would maybe help sales a bit..but I can't imagine V8 RLs or TLs flying out of dealerships.

In the end, Acura and Honda need to be back to back like Lexus and Toyota
 

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Acura is wayyy down on the list..down at 37%. I personally don't have a beef with acura except for their new styling. I don't see a need for acura to improve significantly to compete with lexus, bmw and MB. Acura is currently in a nice niche, which I appreciate and purchase the car for the reasons such as: reliability, fuel efficiency, sportiness, comfort, luxury. All of which I think Acura has done really well. I don't need a RWD V8 RL, I think the 08 TL-S hit the perfect spot for acura, a spot they can stay at while enjoying great amounts of sale.

I think that sticking with the SHAWD is a great choice, but maybe introducing a V8 for the small segment of the population that really wants a v8 would maybe help sales a bit..but I can't imagine V8 RLs or TLs flying out of dealerships.

In the end, Acura and Honda need to be back to back like Lexus and Toyota
I agree! those who chose BMW/MB over Honda will still buy BMW/MB even Honda offering V8 or not. They will rather put money on the badge rather than quality. Just like my wife, no matter how much she like to drive our TSX when she have to meet her friend, she will drive the bimmer instead.
 
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