Lexus tops in auto durability, Mercedes drops


By Michael Ellis DETROIT, Nov 21 (Reuters) - Toyota Motor Corp.'s Lexus luxury vehicle division on Thursday topped an industry study for long-term durability for the eighth straight year, while DaimlerChrysler AG's Mercedes division suffered the sharpest drop due to problems with its M-Class sport utility vehicle. Four- and five-year old Lexus cars and SUVs had only 159 problems per 100 vehicles, far better than the industry average of 355 problems per vehicle, according to J.D. Power ...

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