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 |  Apr 02 2011, 8:44 AM

It’s official, J.D. Power and Associates has ranked Porsche‘s 911 as the most reliable sports car in the US.

The noted market research institute came to that conclusion after conducting it’s annual Vehicle Dependability Study, in which it surveyed cars registered between September 2007 and March 2008, with some 43,000 individual vehicle owners taking part in the poll.

Not only was the 911 rated the most reliable sports car in the survey, but Porsche was also deemed the top German manufacturer, with the company gaining high praise for quality in manufacturing – the Zuffenhausen assembly plant in Stuttgart deemed the best auto factory in the world. Not surprisingly Porsche AG was happy with the outcome.

“These results confirm our rigorous focus on the very highest quality throughout the entire process chain,” declared Porsche’s Director of Corporate Quality, Dr. Stefan Knirsch. “At Porsche we are never satisfied with our achievements. Traditionally we have striven to become even better because we take a very sporty view of quality.”

 |  Nov 24 2010, 12:50 PM

Good news for the economy, not-so-great news for BMW and Mercedes-Benz factory workers who had travel plans over the holiday season. In order to meet the growing demand for new models, these two automakers have decided to shorten Christmas breaks this year.

This shortened vacation policy applies to BMW’s German plants in Dingolfing and Leipzig, as well as Mercedes-Benz’ Hamburg factory. The BMW factory is where the recently overhauled 5-Series and the X1 are made, and the Mercedes plant supplies parts to vehicles including the Mercedes E- and S-Class sedans.

While workers might be grumbling about there shortened holidays, this is great news for the automakers and the economy. It shows that luxury-vehicle demand is back – in fact, BMW and Mercedes each target sales growth of more than 10 percent this year. Business is also booming for Audi as well (the luxury unit of Volkswagen AG), as they have plans to add shifts next month to address a record number of orders.

As for sales, BMW increased sales worldwide by 13 percent to 1.19 million vehicles through October (this includes Mini and Rolls-Royce models, which the company manufactures), while deliveries of Mercedes and the Smart city car rose 12 percent to 1.04 million.

It’s nice to get some good news about the economy for a change, and the experts remain optimistic as well. “This is the first strong signal that the boom over the last few months can continue into next year,” said Juergen Pieper, a Frankfurt-based analyst with Bankhaus Metzler.

[Source: Automotive News]