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February 15, 2012 | By Jerry Hirsch, Los Angeles Times
If you are in the market for a late-model used car, look for Japanese-built vehicles, be selective of American brands, and buy European with caution. That's the message of the 2012 vehicle dependability study from research firm J.D. Power & Associates, which looked at the reliability of autos sold during the 2009 model year. Cars built in Japan were the most likely to lead their segments. Ford Motor Co. vehicles also did well. But anything built by Chrysler Group was at the bottom of the ratings, and of the European cars, only Mercedes-Benz scored above average.
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November 28, 2012 | By Jerry Hirsch, Los Angeles Times
British cars have always had a particular flair, distinct from the rest of the industry. They're also famous for making mechanics rich and owners poor. For Jaguar Land Rover to make headway in the U.S. market, it will have to capitalize on the former and fix the latter. The automaker, a merger of two storied British brands under new Indian ownership, displayed that flair Wednesday at the Los Angeles Auto Show, introducing two spiffy new Jaguars and a redesigned Range Rover. Company executives describe the L.A. show as crucial to their growth strategy, calling it ground zero for their "modern day British invasion.
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March 29, 2009 | Times Staff and Wire Reports
With the public relations image of American auto manufacturing at an all-time low, results from J.D. Power and Associates' 2009 Vehicle Dependability Study, which reports Jaguar and Buick in the top two spots -- unseating Lexus for the first time in 14 years -- seem almost counterintuitive. Other notable statistics in the study, culled from surveys of 46,000 original owners of 2006 model-year vehicles: Four of the top 10 most dependable car brands are American brands -- Buick, Mercury, Lincoln and Cadillac.
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February 15, 2012 | By Jerry Hirsch, Los Angeles Times
If you are in the market for a late-model used car, look for Japanese-built vehicles, be selective of American brands, and buy European with caution. That's the message of the 2012 vehicle dependability study from research firm J.D. Power & Associates, which looked at the reliability of autos sold during the 2009 model year. Cars built in Japan were the most likely to lead their segments. Ford Motor Co. vehicles also did well. But anything built by Chrysler Group was at the bottom of the ratings, and of the European cars, only Mercedes-Benz scored above average.
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March 26, 1997 | From Times Wire Services
Toyota Motor Corp.'s Lexus luxury car ranked first in long-term dependability for the third year in a row in a J.D. Power & Associates survey released Tuesday. General Motors Corp.'s Cadillac finished second, a strong improvement from its fourth-place ranking a year ago, the firm said. Volkswagen's Audi luxury car line placed third in the Agoura Hills-based marketing information firm's 1997 Vehicle Dependability Study.
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June 30, 2004 | From Associated Press
Toyota Motor Corp. remains the automaker with the most dependable vehicles, led by its Lexus luxury brand, though Detroit's Big Three manufacturers all showed improvement in the last year, according to the latest J.D. Power & Associates vehicle dependability study released Tuesday. For the 10th consecutive year, Lexus was the highest-ranking brand in the closely watched study. It was followed by General Motors Corp.'s Buick nameplate, Nissan Motor Co.'s Infiniti brand, Ford Motor Co.'
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March 18, 2010 | By Jerry Hirsch
Two new reports are pointing to a rapidly changing auto world where American and South Korean brands are equaling the quality of the top manufacturers and making large gains in market share. The data show that Ford Motor Co. is beginning to solidify its position as the top auto seller nationally and it, along with the Buick division of General Motors Co., are edging out luxury brands such as Lexus and Mercedes-Benz in the latest quality rankings. Ford's Lincoln brand trailed only Porsche in the J.D. Power and Associates 2010 Vehicle Dependability Study to be released Thursday.
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March 18, 2010 | By Jerry Hirsch, Tribune staff reporter
Two new reports are pointing to a rapidly changing auto world where American and South Korean brands are equaling the quality of the top manufacturers and making large gains in market share. The data show that Ford Motor Co. is beginning to solidify its position as the top auto seller nationally and it, along with the Buick division of General Motors Co., are edging out luxury brands such as Lexus and Mercedes-Benz in the latest quality rankings. Ford's Lincoln brand trailed only Porsche in the J.D. Power and Associates 2010 Vehicle Dependability Study to be released Thursday.
BUSINESS
November 28, 2012 | By Jerry Hirsch, Los Angeles Times
British cars have always had a particular flair, distinct from the rest of the industry. They're also famous for making mechanics rich and owners poor. For Jaguar Land Rover to make headway in the U.S. market, it will have to capitalize on the former and fix the latter. The automaker, a merger of two storied British brands under new Indian ownership, displayed that flair Wednesday at the Los Angeles Auto Show, introducing two spiffy new Jaguars and a redesigned Range Rover. Company executives describe the L.A. show as crucial to their growth strategy, calling it ground zero for their "modern day British invasion.
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March 8, 1995 | From Associated Press
Five Japanese luxury cars topped J.D. Power & Associates' quality rankings of 5-year-old cars and large American models dominated the rest of the best, the marketing firm said Tuesday. Lexus and Infiniti, the luxury lines of Toyota Motor Corp. and Nissan Motor Co., were ranked first and second in Power's Vehicle Dependability Study. The study rated car brands and individual 1990 models based on questionnaires filled out by 25,728 owners who bought their cars new and had owned them five years.
BUSINESS
March 18, 2010 | By Jerry Hirsch
Two new reports are pointing to a rapidly changing auto world where American and South Korean brands are equaling the quality of the top manufacturers and making large gains in market share. The data show that Ford Motor Co. is beginning to solidify its position as the top auto seller nationally and it, along with the Buick division of General Motors Co., are edging out luxury brands such as Lexus and Mercedes-Benz in the latest quality rankings. Ford's Lincoln brand trailed only Porsche in the J.D. Power and Associates 2010 Vehicle Dependability Study to be released Thursday.
NEWS
March 18, 2010 | By Jerry Hirsch, Tribune staff reporter
Two new reports are pointing to a rapidly changing auto world where American and South Korean brands are equaling the quality of the top manufacturers and making large gains in market share. The data show that Ford Motor Co. is beginning to solidify its position as the top auto seller nationally and it, along with the Buick division of General Motors Co., are edging out luxury brands such as Lexus and Mercedes-Benz in the latest quality rankings. Ford's Lincoln brand trailed only Porsche in the J.D. Power and Associates 2010 Vehicle Dependability Study to be released Thursday.
BUSINESS
March 29, 2009 | Times Staff and Wire Reports
With the public relations image of American auto manufacturing at an all-time low, results from J.D. Power and Associates' 2009 Vehicle Dependability Study, which reports Jaguar and Buick in the top two spots -- unseating Lexus for the first time in 14 years -- seem almost counterintuitive. Other notable statistics in the study, culled from surveys of 46,000 original owners of 2006 model-year vehicles: Four of the top 10 most dependable car brands are American brands -- Buick, Mercury, Lincoln and Cadillac.
BUSINESS
June 30, 2004 | From Associated Press
Toyota Motor Corp. remains the automaker with the most dependable vehicles, led by its Lexus luxury brand, though Detroit's Big Three manufacturers all showed improvement in the last year, according to the latest J.D. Power & Associates vehicle dependability study released Tuesday. For the 10th consecutive year, Lexus was the highest-ranking brand in the closely watched study. It was followed by General Motors Corp.'s Buick nameplate, Nissan Motor Co.'s Infiniti brand, Ford Motor Co.'
BUSINESS
March 26, 1997 | From Times Wire Services
Toyota Motor Corp.'s Lexus luxury car ranked first in long-term dependability for the third year in a row in a J.D. Power & Associates survey released Tuesday. General Motors Corp.'s Cadillac finished second, a strong improvement from its fourth-place ranking a year ago, the firm said. Volkswagen's Audi luxury car line placed third in the Agoura Hills-based marketing information firm's 1997 Vehicle Dependability Study.
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March 20, 2009 | Associated Press
Jaguar and Buick surged to the top of J.D. Power & Associates' closely watched vehicle dependability study this year, tying for the No. 1 spot and dethroning Lexus for the first time since the Japanese luxury brand has been a part of the survey. Lexus, Toyota Motor Corp.'s luxury brand, took the next spot in the study released Thursday, followed by Toyota's namesake brand, then Mercury, Infiniti and Acura.
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