Lexus, the luxury division of Toyota, received the highest score in the annual reliability study 2012 Vehicle Dependability Study (VDS) of the firm J.D. Power and Associates, in which Porsche, Cadillac, Toyota and Scion completed the Top 5 industry.
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Meanwhile, MINI and Scion recorded the greatest progress among all brands, compared with the results received in 2010.
By brand, Toyota Motor Corporation, which includes Lexus, remained among the most reliable to take first eight positions by categories of new cars, more than any other manufacturer.
Top-rated models in the estido of J.D. Power and Associates were as follows
Lexus ES 350 (tie with the Lincoln MKZ) Lexus RX350, Scion tC, Scion xB, Toyota Prius, Toyota Sienna, Toyota Tundra and Toyota Yaris.
Among the US automakers, Ford Motor Company received top three – Ford Explorer (tie with the Nissan Murano) Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ (tied with Lexus ES 350).
For its part, General Motors (Buick Lucerne and Chevrolet Equinox) and Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. (Nissan Frontier and Nissan Murano, in a tie with the Ford Explorer) received two first-place awards. Finally, Hyundai (Genesis), received a first place.
And although there are no awards in their respective segments due to the small number of sales, the Ford Mustang, GMC Yukon and Porsche 911 received outstanding scores.
The study J.D. Power and Associates reflected responses from more than 31,000 owners of new 2009 cars that have had over the last three years, demonstrating that despite the serious problems faced by the automotive industry between 2008 and 2009, including bankruptcy General Motors and Chrysler, and problems called to repair Toyota-all manufacturers have improved the quality of their vehicles.
Brands that have improved over the last four years were Buick, Cadillac, Ford, Hyundai and Lincoln.
The scoring system of the study recorded the number of mechanical problems recorded in the model of the participating cars in recent months. The cars in question were 2009 models that have been owned by the participants.
The level of reliability is measured by the number of problems per 100 equal models, so the lower score reflects the least amount of problems.
In 2012, the industry average was 132 problems per 100 units of the same model, an improvement of 13% compared to 2011, when the average was 151 problems per 100 units, and the best result since he began the study in 1990.
In total 25 of the 32 brands studied achieved improvements in reliability compared to the 2011 study and only six underperformed. By origin, the US manufacturers General Motors, Chrysler and Ford, achieved slightly higher than foreigners going from 18 problems per 100 cars and 13 per 100 manufacturers results.
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