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Lincoln Tops 2011 Vehicle Dependability Report

STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- J.D. Power and Associates, a global marketing information firm, released the findings of its vehicle dependability study Thursday. 

The company said that overall vehicle dependability has improved from last year, noting the success of auto manufacturers for cutting down on problem rates.  However, newer technologies and features presented some hurdles for automakers, according to the report.

The comprehensive study, used by and large by automakers to improve design and build better vehicles, also helps consumers to make more informed decisions when purchasing both new and used vehicles.  The company conducts the study annually based on the problems experienced in the last 12 months by the original owners of three-year-old  (2008 model year) vehicles.  This year's study included feedback from 43,700 respondents.

Lincoln received the highest score for durability, leading in overall nameplate rankings.  Lexus, Jaguar, Porsche and Toyota rounded out the top five nameplates for 2011, the study found.

As for long-term dependability, imported brands outperformed domestic in 2011,  though the report notes that domestic manufacturers have closed the gap considerably in initial quality.

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