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Lexus Ranks #1 on J.D. Power
2009 Initial Quality Study

June 25, 2009

J.D. Power and Assoiciates released its 2009 Initial Quality Study this week and Lexus has now taken over the #1 spot. Porsche had been the initial quality leader for the past three years. The score is based on the number of problems reproted per 100 vehicles. The lower the score, the better the quality.

Cadillac and Hyundai continued performing well, coming in 3rd and 4th place. Also of note, 2009 Chrysler, Ford and GM vehicles improved in initial quality by an average of 10% compared to the 2008 models, showing that even though the companies may not be doing well, they are still churning out quality cars.

Here is the full J.D. Power rankings for 2009:

JD Power Initial Quality 2009

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