California - For the first time in history of reliability studies of the firm JD Powers, the Lincoln vehicles won the first place surpassing Lexus, Jaguar, Porsche and Toyota. The list of the most reliable of 2011, which measured the amount of problems that owners of 202 new car models reported during the first 12 months after purchase, showed an overall improvement throughout the automotive industry, although some manufacturers are having problems with the implementation of new technologies. The score of the study is based on the number of reported problems for every 100 cars sold in that particular model, so that the lower score represents better reliability.
The most reliable car: the first place is "made in the USA"
By brand, the Lincoln surpassed all others with only 101 points and by model, the Porsche 911 with only 68. For the new 2011 models, the industry average was 151, the lowest since 1990 and a considerable improvement compared with 2009, when the average was 170 problems reported for every 100 cars sold. Between 2009 and 2011, the annual improvement across the industry was 6%, two percentage points below the historical improvements, due in part to the difficulty of implementing new technologies as navigation systems, entertainment, mobile communication and safety, such as the monitoring of tire pressure.
As a group, Toyota achieved the best brands with the highest ratings in seven different segments with models like the Lexus RX, Scion xB, Toyota 4Runner, Toyota Prius, Toyota Sienna, Toyota Tacoma and Toyota Tundra. Ford Motor Company won four top places with the Ford Fusion, the Ford Mustang, the Lincoln MKZ and the Lincoln Navigator. General Motors took the first places with the Buick Lucerne, the Cadillac DTS and the Chevrolet Tahoe. Honda Motor Company achieved its best positions with the Acura RL, Honda CR-V and Honda Fit. BMW had a first place with the BMW X3. Mazda had another one with the MX-5 Miata and Mercedes-Benz, one with the CLK.
The study, conducted with the responses of 43.700 new car owners, showed that while U.S. manufacturers have improved considerably, they are still surpassed in 18 points by foreigners.
The most reliable cars by make
The complete list of brands with better reliability score of the firm JD Powers for the new 2011 models
What makes a car reliable?
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Video - The 2011 Lincoln MKZ took one of the top places of the most reliable cars of 2011.