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Toyota Comments on J.D Power 2009 Vehicle Dependability Study


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TORRANCE, Calif., March 19, 2009; J.D. Power and Associates today announced the results from their 2009 Vehicle Dependability Study (VDS), covering 2006 model year vehicles. The following comments on the VDS can be attributed to Jim Lentz, president of Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc.

“We are pleased with the results from J.D. Power and Associates’ Vehicle Dependability Study, which is just one of many third-party studies that track long-term quality and durability. We’re proud that TMS vehicles garnered more segment awards than any other automaker, including the Lexus LS 430, which at 61, has the lowest PP100 in the entire industry.

“This is great news and timely for both our customers and our dealers, especially in today’s market where consumers are re-evaluating their purchase intentions on everything from groceries to large-ticket items, like vehicles.

“They’re separating needs from wants, and focusing on a product’s overall value and long-term quality, dependability and reliability. Consumers can utilize the VDS, among other tools such as the Internet, in the research and decision-making process.”

Other examples of Toyota’s commitment to excellence, quality products and customer satisfaction include:

TMS vehicles took five out of 10 categories as top picks for overall reliability and safety by a leading national consumer publication;

Toyota owner loyalty remains the highest in the industry, according to internal studies;

At the conclusion of 2008, the number of Toyota safety recalls was down about 85 percent compared to 2005.

Vehicle warranty repair rates continue to decline for the seventh-consecutive year.


Toyota Prius 115 Compact Car
Toyota Highlander (total) 107 Midsize MAV
Toyota Sequoia 163 Large MAV
Toyota Tundra 110 Large Pickup
Toyota Solara 132 Midsize Sporty
Lexus ES 330 (tie) 105 Midsize Premium Car
Lexus GX 470 115 Midsize Premium MAV
Lexus SC 430 84 Premium Sporty
Lexus LS 430 61 Large Premium Car
Scion xA 170 Sub-compact Car

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