J.D. Power and Associates released today the annual U.S. Vehicle Dependability Study rankings and what do you know... Porsche is on the first place, edging out Lincoln, which came on the second place.
For Porsche this is an impressive result because at the same study in 2009, the German sports car manufacturer was on the 11th place. Lexus finally ended its 14-year reign last year, fell to third, in a tie with Buick behind Lincoln.
"It's not 'What happened to Lexus?' the entire industry has gotten very competitive," said David Sargent, vice president of global research for J.D. Power and the chief author of the study.
"No one brand stands out like it used to." Ford, Mercury and Lincoln -- finished in the top 10 this year, while Hyundai got on 11th place and Cadillac on 12. Mercedes-Benz finished on the 9th place, climbing 10 spots.
Its main rival Audi plummeted, slipping to No. 26 from No.12 a year earlier. For those who don't know, this study consists of measuring problems experienced by original owners of 3-year-old (2007 model year) vehicles, covering 198 different problem symptoms.
The score is reflecting the number of problems per 100 vehicles and the lower the score, the better the apparent vehicle dependability.