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June 23, 2013

Auto Briefs

Porsche tops in performance rating; factory in China will build Cadillacs

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(Porsche)

Porsche leads in performance rankings
Porsche is the top performer in an annual survey of new-vehicle quality. J.D. Power questioned more than 83,000 U.S. car owners about problems with their 2013 vehicles in the first 90 days of ownership. Porsche, GMC, Lexus, Infiniti and Chevrolet owners reported the fewest problems. Scion, Fiat, Mitsubishi, Nissan and Mini had the most reported problems. The top complaints this year involved voice-recognition and Bluetooth systems.
Honda had the top-performing small car and small SUV, with the Civic and CR-V. The highest-ranking midsize car was the Toyota Camry. Chevrolet had the best pickups, with the Avalanche and Silverado.

Models
Here are the top-ranked models in four of the biggest segments of the U.S. auto market:
Compact cars: Honda Civic, Toyota Corolla, Honda Insight
Midsize cars: Toyota Camry, Hyundai Sonata, Buick Regal
Compact crossover SUVs: Honda CR-V, Toyota FJ Cruiser, Chevrolet Equinox
Light-duty pickup: Chevrolet Avalanche, GMC Sierra, Chevrolet Silverado

Brands
Here's how the brands stacked up, along with their problems per 100 vehicles and how much they moved up or down in the rankings from last year.
1. Porsche (80, +2)
2. GMC (90, +10)
3. Lexus (94, -2)
4. Infiniti (95, +3)
5. Chevrolet (97, +10)
6. Acura (102, same)
7. Toyota (102, +1)
8. Honda (103, -3)
9. Jaguar (104, -7)
10. Hyundai (106, +8)
11. Kia (106, +8)
12. Mercedes-Benz (106, -3)
13. Audi (108, +3)
14. Cadillac (108, -10)
15. Buick (109, +2)
16. Chrysler (109, +9)
17. Lincoln (113, +3)
18. BMW (114, -8)
19. Volvo (114, +2)
20. Smart (115, +19)
21. Land Rover (116, +7)
22. Jeep (118, +1)
23. Volkswagen (120, +8)
24. Mazda (125, -13)
25. Subaru (128, -3)
26. Dodge (130, +3)
27. Ford (131, same)
28. Ram (132, -14)
29. Mini (135, +3)
30. Nissan (142, -17)
31. Mitsubishi (148, -1)
32. Fiat (154, +1)
33. Scion (161, +1)
The Associated Press

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(General Motors)

GM starts on China plant to spur Cadillac
General Motors broke ground for a new Cadillac factory in China on Wednesday in an effort to target luxury buyers in the world's biggest auto market. GM says it's making it a priority to increase Cadillac sales in China, where the luxury market is dominated by brands such as BMW and Audi. The company plans to launch one new Cadillac model in China each year for the next five years, and wants to sell 100,000 Cadillacs in China by 2015.
Bloomberg News

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