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Japanese auto brands dominate quality survey

DETROIT – Lexus, the luxury brand of Japanese automaker Toyota, took over first place in a quality survey followed closely by the industry in the United States, displacing the Porsche top of the list.

The survey, prepared by JD Power and Associates, identifies the difficulties faced by owners of a new car on 90 days after purchase.

In general, the survey concludes that the quality of cars sold in the United States in 2011 reached its highest level in 25 years of existence of this classification.

Behind Lexus, just two brands of the Honda. Six of the ten top spots are occupied by Japanese manufacturers.

Toyota, whose reputation was tarnished after a series of reminders for accelerator problems, and back in the top ten while the manufacturer had touched a record low in the rankings, the twenty-first place in 2010.

However Ford has followed the opposite path from the fifth to the twenty-third due to failures in the installation of new technologies, especially in control systems of the cockpit.

JD Power establishes its ranking of brands by the number of problems per 100 vehicles sold.Average 2011 totaled 109 against 109 last year.

Here are the top ten of this ranking:

Brand (ranked 2010) Problems per 100 vehicles

1. Lexus (4) 73

2. Honda (6) 86

3. Acura (2) 89

4. Mercedes-Benz (18) 100

5. Porsche (1) 100

7. Toyota (21) 101

8. Infiniti (9) 102

9. Cadillac (12) 103

10. GMC (25) 104


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