Month: February, 2013
Last week, J.D. Power released the results of its annual Dependability Study. This year, a number of LAcarGUY brands top the list. The study finds Lexus, Porsche, Toyota and Lincoln had the best records. The study measures the number of problems owners have experienced over the last 12 months in cars purchased during the 2010 model year. The study is based on survey responses from more than 37,000 owners of vehicles purchased during the 2010 model year. The research was done in the fourth quarter of 2012. Overall, the cars experienced an average of 126 problems per hundred vehicles. That was a decline from 132 the previous model year and the lowest average since J.D. Power launched the study in 1989.
“It is great news for consumers,” said Raffi Festekjian, J.D. Power’s director of automotive global research operations. “Manufacturers continue to keep their eye on the ball and improve quality. Consumers are spending less time at the dealer and there is less money spent on repairs if you have driven past the original warranty because the vehicles are more dependable.”
J.D. Power found that more than two-thirds of the brands had better scores from the previous years. In one finding, the study observed that the common assumption that newly redesigned or substantially changed model cars were less reliable from autos that were largely unchanged from the previous model year may be wrong.
“There is a perception that all-new models, or models that undergo a major redesign, are more problematic than carryover models,” said David Sargent, vice president of global automotive at J.D. Power. “This is not the case. The rapid improvement in fundamental vehicle dependability each year is more than offsetting any initial glitches that all-new or redesigned models may have.”
The top 10 car brands (from best to worst, with the average number of problems) were: Lexus, 71; Porsche, 94; Lincoln, 112; Toyota, 112; Mercedes-Benz, 115; Buick, 118; Honda, 119; Acura, 120; Ram, 122; and Suzuki, (which is exiting the U.S. market) 122. The remaining two brands that scored better than the industry average of 126 were Mazda at 124 and Chevrolet at 125.
The next 10 best auto brands, all below the industry average, were: Ford; 127; Cadillac, 128; Subaru, 132; BMW, 133; GMC, 134; Scion, 135; Nissan, 137; Infiniti, 138; Kia, 140; and Hyundai, 141. The rest were: Audi, 147; Volvo, 149; Mini, 150; Chrysler, 153; Jaguar, 164; Volkswagen, 174; Jeep, 178; Mitsubishi, 178; Dodge, 190; and Land Rover, 220.
The highest ranked compact car was the Toyota Prius, and the top large car was the discontinued Buick Lucerne. The highest ranked entry premium car was the Lexus ES 350 while the highest ranked premium car was the Audi A6.
Drop by LAcarGUY’s dealerships to test drive vehicles from any one of these top dependable brands today. Our experienced sales consultants would be happy to help you find the best vehicle that suites your needs.
Porsche is known for their participation in road racing throughout the years. These races vary from high-speed races over short distances or slower-paced races over long distances. These varying conditions have challenged Porsche engineers to develop solutions to the problems race car drivers face. As a result, there are a number of safety innovations that have been passed on to production vehicles which Porsche owners enjoy today.
Porsche has been at the forefront of brake system technology due to its involvement in endurance road racing. Racers gain a considerable advantage the less they have to stop for any maintenance or repairs. Components that seem to get the most wear during a race is the braking system. As a result, Porsche developed ceramic brake pads to provide more durability. Ceramic brakes are better at handling the heat generated from braking compared to aluminum brakes and they also do not warp as much over time. In order to further dissipate the heat, engineers developed vented brakes which use vents to direct cool air to the disc brakes. Both ceramic brake pads and vented brake technology can be found on every vehicle produced by Porsche.
Huge demands are also put on a race car’s tires during a race. Tires play an important role in the ability of the driver to maintain contact on the road and control over the vehicle. A unique combination of ridged grooves and a smooth tire surface is required to maintain performance as drivers face a number of different situations during a race. Whether it be a sharp corner or slick asphalt from a downpour, tires need to perform.
As a result, Porsche has developed tires with the appropriate combination of ridged technology and smoothness that expel liquid from underneath the tires without interfering with vehicle contact on the road. Again, these technologies can be found on production tires available on Porsche vehicles.
To find out more or to experience some of these technologies first hand, we invite you to visit Pacific Porsche for a test drive today.
More reports regarding the Porsche 960 have emerged and the latest ones confirm that Porsche has given the green light to the development of the ‘Ferrari Fighter’ or ‘FeFi,’ as it is known internally.
Also confirmed is that the Porsche 960 will be outfitted with a boxer eight featuring four turbochargers, two intercoolers, four adjustable camshafts, a complex multistage intake manifold, and dual-stage exhaust. Mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic and an all-wheel drive system, the 3.9-liter engine is expected to deliver an impressive 650 horsepower and will compete with the likes of the $430,000-plus Lamborghini Aventador.
Unlike the 918 Spyder, the 960 will not be a low-volume model and Porsche expects to sell 3,000 to 4,000 units annually over the six-year life cycle. Production in Zuffenhausen is expected to begin in 2017.