American Honda's Web site Ties for High Honors in J.D. Power and Associates National Study of Automaker Web sites

8/20/2001 9:40:13 PM

The J.D. Power and Associates 2001 Manufacturers Web site Evaluation Study™ of automaker Internet sites ranked Honda's Web site (www.honda2001.com) Highest Automotive Manufacturer Web site in a tie with BMW.

"Having an informative and effective Web site is especially important for Honda because our buyers are so Web savvy," said Steve Center, assistant vice president for e-Business at American Honda Motor Co., Inc. "In other Web site studies conducted nationwide, Honda vehicles top the ranks of vehicles researched on the Web. If we don't provide the answers consumers are looking for, we could lose them to someone else."

The second annual study conducted by J.D. Power and Associates surveyed more than 8,000 Internet users who said they planned to buy a new vehicle within the next two years. Web sites were ranked on a scale of one to 10 on the basis of information content, appearance and functionality, vehicle pictures and special effects.

According to the J.D. Power and Associates survey, Honda's Web site received high scores for the way it allows consumers to request price quotes from dealers and how shoppers are able to calculate monthly payments at different interest rates.

Launched in fall 1995 for the 1996 model year, Honda's consumer Web site has earned several accolades industry wide. Recently, Forbes magazine awarded www.honda2001.com the "Forbes Favorite" title in the automotive category for its "usefulness to consumers based on content, design, navigation, speed and customization."

Headquartered in Agoura Hills, Calif., J.D. Power and Associates is a global marketing information services firm operating in key business sectors including market research, forecasting and customer satisfaction. The firm's quality and satisfaction measurements are based on actual customer responses from more than one million consumers annually. J.D. Power and Associates can be accessed through the World Wide Web at www.jdpower.com.