The latest JD Power and Associates US Initial Quality Study has rated Mercedes-Benz's Sindelfingen plant in Germany as the best.
The plant received the Platinum Plant Quality Award for producing vehicles with the fewest defects and malfunctions. The plant, which produces CL-, CLS-, S-Class and E-Class sedan and wagon models, averaged just 33 problems per 100 vehicles produced.
The list of the top three plants is rounded out by two other German manufacturers. Porsche's Stuttgart plant, which produces 911, received a Silver award for the European region, while a Bronze award was bestowed upon BMW's Regensburg plant in Germany.
In other regions, the Toyota plant in Mexico received a Gold award for North and South American plants, while Toyota's Fujimatsu plant in Japan scooped Gold for the Asia Pacific region.
Plant awards are based solely on defect and malfunction counts.