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A recent study shows that the quality of the trucks and cars manufactured by the Detroit Three is quickly improving compared with the imported brands.

J.D. Power and Associates recently released a long-term vehicle dependability study, with Lincoln taking the 3rd place, Buick the 6th, Ram the 9th and Chevrolet the 12th, from a total of 31 brands.
“We are getting close to parity,” said David Sargent, vice president of global automotive at J.D. Power and Associates.

All domestic brands managed to get a score of 133 compared with the imported brands’ score of 123, a score which measures the problems that customers reported for their 2010 model-year vehicles after three years of ownership.

“Over the long term it is likely that gap will narrow even more because the domestics are improving slightly more rapidly than the imports,” Sargent said.

Asian automakers took the most place in the top 10, with Lexus on the 1st place, Toyota the 4th, Honda and Acura on the 7th and 8th. Lexus leads the study with only 71 problems per 100 vehicles. German automaker had to places in top 10 with Porsche on the 2nd place and Mercedes on the 5th.