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DETROIT — Ford Motor Co’s ranking in a closely watched quality survey plunged only a year after topping all mass-market brands as problems with new technology hurt the automaker.

In a reversal of fortune, Japanese automaker Toyota Motor Corp’s namesake brand, which last year tumbled to its lowest ranking ever due to a series of damaging recalls, pulled off a corresponding rebound, according to the influential study of U.S. consumers released Thursday by J.D. Power and Associates.

Ford, the only U.S. automaker to avoid bankruptcy and a government bailout, saw its namesake brand slide to 23rd — its lowest spot in a decade — after leading all mass-market brands last year in 5th place, its highest ranking ever. Toyota rebounded to 7th from 21st last year. The last time Ford ranked lower was 25th in 2001.

“Ford is on the leading edge, certainly in the mass market, of trying to bring new technology into the vehicles,” said David Sargent, J.D. Power’s vice president of global vehicle research. “With that comes some risk that there will be unforeseen problems and that’s exactly what happened.

“There’s a great deal of parity between the different vehicles and different brands, so if you have a significant problem in a particular area, that can really set you back in terms of the rankings,” he added.

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Toyota’s Lexus luxury brand captured the top spot, moving up from 4th last year. It was followed by Honda Motor Co Ltd’s namesake and Acura brands, Daimler AG’s Mercedes-Benz, Mazda and last year’s leader, Porsche.
 

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DETROIT — Ford Motor Co’s ranking in a closely watched quality survey plunged only a year after topping all mass-market brands as problems with new technology hurt the automaker.

In a reversal of fortune, Japanese automaker Toyota Motor Corp’s namesake brand, which last year tumbled to its lowest ranking ever due to a series of damaging recalls, pulled off a corresponding rebound, according to the influential study of U.S. consumers released Thursday by J.D. Power and Associates.

Ford, the only U.S. automaker to avoid bankruptcy and a government bailout, saw its namesake brand slide to 23rd — its lowest spot in a decade — after leading all mass-market brands last year in 5th place, its highest ranking ever. Toyota rebounded to 7th from 21st last year. The last time Ford ranked lower was 25th in 2001.

“Ford is on the leading edge, certainly in the mass market, of trying to bring new technology into the vehicles,” said David Sargent, J.D. Power’s vice president of global vehicle research. “With that comes some risk that there will be unforeseen problems and that’s exactly what happened.

“There’s a great deal of parity between the different vehicles and different brands, so if you have a significant problem in a particular area, that can really set you back in terms of the rankings,” he added.

Related: Many Chrysler vehicles still ‘mediocre’, Consumer Reports finds

Related: The worst cars on the road today

Toyota’s Lexus luxury brand captured the top spot, moving up from 4th last year. It was followed by Honda Motor Co Ltd’s namesake and Acura brands, Daimler AG’s Mercedes-Benz, Mazda and last year’s leader, Porsche.

Ford cars have always sucked. That Ford inSync technology is powered by Microsoft so what do you expect? Screen crashes and reboots just like with Windows OS.
 

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Saw a similar report on the news this morning. I think Toyota was #7 and yeah, Ford was back there in the standings. Very glad seeing Lexus #1 after just purchasing my first!
 
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