15 Total Quotes

David Champion Quotes

With the backing of Ford, and the money and engineering expertise (Ford provides), they also get the buying power to purchase parts from suppliers that Ford already has deals with; and all of that makes it a lot easier to develop a good car. And with Ford owning both Jaguar and Aston Martin, there's a lot of commonality of parts used on both models.
David Champion
#Engineering

Safety is our primary theme. Basically, cars are getting much, much better. At one time, one or two cars stood out in the pack. Now we're seeing in most categories that there are three or four different cars you could choose from.
David Champion
#Safety

The redesigned Honda Civic is a major improvement over the previous generation. The 2006 Civic is refined and economical, with fairly nimble handling and relatively comfortable ride.
David Champion
#Improvement

You don't really need to forego practicality to have sports car performance.
David Champion
#Performance

I don't think people get the full perspective of how in-depth we go into cars from the small amount of press that we get. We try to allay some of the fears that people have. Our No. 1 customer is the consumer. We try to get them the best information we can get so they can make the best decision on what they're buying.
David Champion
#People

If the car skids out of control it brings the car back into line.
David Champion
#Control

When cars are launched, we see the first year of a redesigned model as less reliable than later years. First-year blues, we call it.
David Champion
#Cars

It's nearly always electrical and power equipment.
David Champion
#Power

The automobile has probably got the worst environment for electronics. They're very dry, very dusty; or very hot and humid; or very cold and wet.
David Champion
#Environment

The progress that some of the manufacturers have been making seems to have stalled.
David Champion
#Progress

I don't think parents really realize the potential danger of power windows.
David Champion
#Danger

It all depends on how you drive the vehicle. We run them the way people really drive in the city.
David Champion
#People

Once GM gets to average reliability on our scores, they seem to take the emphasis off continual improvement. We see other manufacturers that are mortified by an average score. It's a different mind-set.
David Champion
#Improvement

It's an unrealistic sales and marketing tool that they are actually using. They are saying you're going to get 35 miles per gallon and you're really only going to get 21.
David Champion
#Marketing

I think they've lost their competitive edge in terms of reliability. In the past we would put them maybe not quite as good as Toyota and Honda, but pretty close.
David Champion
#Past