J.D. Power study sees new car dependability problems increase for first time since 1998

J.D. Power study sees new car dependability problems increase for first time since 1998

February 13, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Acura , Buick , Cadillac , Chevrolet , Honda , Lexus , Mercedes-Benz , Scion , Toyota For the first time since 1998, J.D. Power and Associates says its data shows that the average number of problems per 100 cars has increased . The finding is the result of the firm’s much-touted annual Vehicle Dependability Study, which charts incidents of problems in new vehicle purchases over three years from 41,000 respondents. Looking at first-owner cars from the 2011 model year, the study found an average of 133 problems per 100 cars (PP100, for short), up 6 percent from 126 PP100 in last year’s study, which covered 2010 model-year vehicles. Disturbingly, the bulk of the increase is being attributed to engine and transmission problems, with a 6 PP100 boost. Interestingly, JDP notes that “the decline in quality is particularly acute for vehicles with four-cylinder engines, where problem levels increase by nearly 10 PP100.” Its findings also noticed that large diesel engines also tended to be more problematic than most five- and six-cylinder engines. Among individual brands, Lexus has taken the prize for most-dependable nameplate for the third year in a row, registering just 68 problems per 100 vehicles. Mercedes-Benz , Cadillac , Acura and Buick rounded out the top of the class with 104, 107, 109 and 112 PP100, respectively. Broken down into specific models, General Motors brands continued their success, winning eight dependability awards for its 2011 models, including prizes for the Chevrolet Volt , Cadillac Escalade and Buick Lucerne . Toyota followed that up with seven prizes split between its Lexus, Toyota and Scion nameplates, while Honda tallied six wins.

Ford only automaker to make 2012 Buzz Rankings, Toyota most improved

Ford only automaker to make 2012 Buzz Rankings, Toyota most improved

January 30, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Ford , Toyota Ford landed itself a spot among the top 10 brands in the 2012 Buzz Rankings. The annual index scores 1,100 brands in 41 categories to determine which nameplates had the most positive buzz throughout the year. For the third year in a row, Subway took the top honors overall with a score of 40.3, and Ford was the only automaker to break into the top 25 by earning a sixth-place finish overall. The manufacturer earned a score of 32.1 points, which was enough to push it up one spot from the 2011 Buzz Rankings. Honda managed 21.2 points overall, which is still well behind 25th-place Kohl’s at 26.5 points. Toyota , Volkswagen and BMW all round out the top five automakers. The 2012 Buzz Rankings also keep track of which brands improved the most over the past year, and this year, Toyota was the manufacturer with the largest leap forward. The Japanese automaker jumped from just 14 points in 2011 to 20.5 in 2012. Chrysler, Kia, Dodge and Volkswagen all saw sizable steps forward as well. Be sure to head over to the Brand Index site for more information.

Toyota recalling 200K Siennas over misprint

Toyota recalling 200K Siennas over misprint

December 6, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Minivan/Van , Recalls , Safety , Toyota According to a report from Automotive News , Toyota is recalling more than 200,000 Sienna minivans from the 2011 and 2012 model years. But before you start worrying about reading the words ‘Toyota’ and ‘recall’ in the same sentence, know that this is for a very, very minor issue. The problem? The tire and load information placard has been misprinted, and can cause a situation where owners over-inflate the tires. Overloaded tires can potentially fail (read: burst), and can result in a crash. Toyota spokesperson Bryan Lyons told Automotive News that there isn’t a problem with any mechanical part of the Sienna itself, just the sticker. To remedy this situation, the automaker will mail new replacement placards to affected vehicle owners. Toyota recalling 200K Siennas over misprint originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 06 Dec 2011 08:57:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink

Lexus Announces Prices for 2012 Models

August 27, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

TORRANCE, Calif. (August 26, 2011) – Lexus today announced Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Prices (MSRP) on its 2012 models ranging from the CT 200h hybrid premium compact to the LS

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