Rally in reli­a­bil­ity

The Courier-Mail - Motoring - - LUXURY CARS - Mark Hinch­liffe

PORSCHE has scored its first top place as the most de­pend­able car in the Amer­i­can mar­ket.

The Ger­man leapt up from 10th place, in the J.D. Power ve­hi­cle de­pend­abil­ity study of more than 52,000 mo­torists across 36 car brands sold in the US.

Porsche boss Michael Macht says the chal­lenge for the com­pany is ‘‘not about achiev­ing a high qual­ity stan­dard for the short term, but to as­sure such qual­ity over a pe­riod of many years’’.

Porsche knocked Buick off the top and back to third, with Lin­coln sec­ond.

De­spite re­cent safety is­sue re­calls, Toy­ota came sixth and notched up max­i­mum points in their cat­e­gories for the High­lander (Kluger), Prius, Se­quoia SUV and Tun­dra pick-up.

Honda, in sev­enth place over­all, took out three cat­e­gories for the CR-V, Fit (Jazz) and Ridge­line pickup. Lexus, which had been num­ber one for 14 years un­til last year, con­tin­ued the slide into fourth.

Jaguar dra­mat­i­cally dropped from sec­ond to 22nd.

J.D. Power sur­vey asks the orig­i­nal own­ers of three-year-old cars about po­ten­tial prob­lems across al­most 200 ar­eas.

Over­all, J.D. Power found that ve­hi­cle de­pend­abil­ity had im­proved by 7 per cent in the past year.

DRIVE ON: Three years af­ter their pur­chase, Porsche buy­ers are the hap­pi­est with the de­pend­abil­ity of their cars.

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