Delphi Earns J.D. Power and Associates Award in Vehicle Multimedia Quality
Delphi Ranks Highest in AM/FM Single CD Player/Satellite Radio Segment
TROY, Mich. - Delphi Corporation (PINKSHEETS: DPHIQ) has received the prestigious J. D. Power and Associates Award for its quality performance in multimedia.
Delphi ranked highest in the AM/FM single CD player/satellite radio category -- one of the most popular combinations preferred by consumers -- with a score of 2.7 PP100 (problems per 100 vehicles).
“New vehicle buyers want audio systems that offer both the latest entertainment technologies and high quality performance,” said Ken Erickson, lead executive for Entertainment & Communications at Delphi’s Electronics & Safety division. “This award validates that our focus on continuous improvement, quality and customer satisfaction is providing the right mix of value and technology for our customers.”
The J.D. Power and Associates study evaluates owner experience with the quality, design satisfaction and features of automotive multimedia systems in their new vehicles. The study is based on responses from 81,530 new-vehicle owners who purchased a 2008 model-year vehicle. Problems are measured per 100 vehicles (PP100). A lower PP100 score indicates higher quality. Twenty eight different combinations were evaluated which include different combinations of systems that include: AM/FM radio; cassette player; single CD; multiple CD Changer; navigation system and satellite radio.
Delphi has pioneered or led the introduction of multi-speaker, multi-amp premium audio; CD playbacks; DVD rear seat video; MP3 playbacks; advanced TV reception systems; and satellite radio into the market. The company supplies both OEM and retail hardware globally for satellite radio providers. Delphi has manufactured more than 283 million total OEM radios, including 14.5 million satellite radio receiver systems.
Delphi’s history of innovations in the radio segment extends back to 1936, when it integrated the first radio into the instrument panel of a car. In 1999, the company was the first supplier to sign a licensing agreement to produce OEM satellite radio and introduced the first OEM satellite receiver in 2001 for a 2002 model year vehicle. Delphi has engineered and developed navigation systems for OEM vehicles for more than 14 years.
Erickson said a recent J.D. Power and Associates study indicated that nearly 60 percent of consumers say they want navigation systems in their next vehicle, and 66 percent of consumers want the ability to play MP3 files. He said a dual focus on technology and quality is an absolute requirement to meet expectations for both OE customers and their consumers.
“Our customers are striving to put the finest audio systems in their vehicles,” said Erickson. “We’re pleased to support them with the technology and the problem-free quality they need.”
For more information on Delphi, visit www.delphi.com.
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