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Convertibles Take Top Honors in 2016 JD Power Initial Quality Survey

Wed, 06/22/2016 - 13:31 -- sfrederick

Convertibles Take Top Honors in 2016 JD Power Initial Quality Survey

Acton, Massachusetts, June 22, 2016 -New convertibles are among the vehicles with the highest ranking initial quality according to the 2016 J.D. Power Initial Quality Survey, which was announced this week.

The recently released Buick Cascada tied with the Scion tC for the highest ranking vehicle in the Compact Sporty Car segment. The Cascada features Haartz’ Sonnenland A5B/DS, which is a high performance, acoustically enhanced, three ply topping with acrylic twill weave facing, rubber inner-layer and polyester dobby backing.  Haartz has supported the Cascada platform as the Opel European brand for several years.

In the Midsize Premium Sporty segment, the Porsche 911 took top honors. The 911 features the Sonnenland A5.3 material, which has an acrylic twill weave facing, rubber inner-layer, and polyester dobby backing.

The Audi TT, with the Sonnenland A5.3M/DS material was the Compact Premium Sporty leader. The Sonnenland A5.3M/DS material is an acoustically enhanced three-ply topping with acrylic twill weave facing, rubber inner-layer and polyester dobby backing.

“It’s great to see so many convertibles leading their segments in this J.D. Power survey,” said Matthew Williams, director of business development for the Haartz Corporation. “Haartz has worked closely with many OEMs for enhanced acoustics, innovative design and increased performance on many of our materials. We are particularly pleased to see Cascada on the list since it just hit the market in the U.S.”

The J.D. Power Initial Quality Survey examines problems experienced by vehicle owners during the first 90 days of ownership. Initial quality is determined by the number of problems experienced per 100 vehicles, with a lower score reflecting higher quality.

About The Haartz Corporation
The Haartz Corporation (Haartz) is a world leader in highly engineered and uniquely designed convertible toppings and interior surface materials. The company’s world headquarters and North American manufacturing operations are located in Acton, Massachusetts, with additional manufacturing in Mannheim, Germany and coming soon to Pune, India. Beyond these manufacturing locations, Haartz maintains offices in Detroit, Munich, Tokyo, Irapuato, Mexico, Shanghai and Chongqing, China. In April 2016, the company announced a strategic alliance for the Chinese automotive market by entering a joint venture with the Minth Group, the new company, to be known as Haartz-Minth (Ningbo) Automotive Ltd. Employing over 500 people worldwide, Haartz has been a trusted automotive supplier since 1907, and continues to be privately owned and operated by the Haartz family. For more information, visit www.haartz.com. Join the conversation on Twitter, @Haartz.

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