Genesis, for the first time, topped J.D. Power's annual study of new-vehicle appeal, nudging past Porsche, while Mitsubishi, Dodge, Jeep, GMC and Toyota posted the biggest improvements. Chevrolet and GMC tied for top-ranked nonluxury brand.
Mazda, Mitsubishi Motors and Daihatsu were forced to suspend operations at several domestic plants and have yet to decide on plans for the coming week as torrential rain and landslides battered Japan, killing dozens of people.
Amid persistent speculation about the future of the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance, Chairman Carlos Ghosn told shareholders of Nissan and Mitsubishi that Renault isn't engineering a takeover of its Japanese partners.