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For the second year in a row, the Ford Fusion won J.D. Power's dependability prize in the mid-size sedan category. Pictured is the 2013 model of the car, unveiled in January. Scott Olson/Getty Images hide caption

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A Jeep Wrangler is seen at a dealership in Chicago. Powered by a newly designed fleet of vehicles, the brand saw a sharp rise in sales in 2011. Scott Olson/Getty Images hide caption

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A 1981 DeLorean is seen in a commemorative cruise in Michigan. A Texas company plans to make electric versions of the iconic car.

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White is the favorite color for 2011 cars like these Ford sedans on a dealership's lot in California, according to a market study.

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