Rally in reliability
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.