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Automobile Brand and Manufacturer Quality in 1980
by James Bleeker

Content Summary

This section of Auto on Info rates and ranks auto brands and auto manufacturers with significant sales in the U.S.

The ratings and rankings are for year 1980 and use the statistics found in the Some-Used-Car-Models-to-Avoid table and the reliability charts of the April 1980 issue of Consumer Reports, likely the most respected and followed source of automobile-quality information in North America.

Each page has a "Summary and Analysis" section.

This section currently has the following pages:

1980 - The 10 Best Automobile Brands: Go
1980 - The 10 Worst Automobile Brands: Go
1980 - The Ratings and Rankings of All Automobile Brands: Go
1980 - The Ratings and Rankings of All Automobile Manufacturers: Go


Some interesting highlights of automobile brand and manufacturer quality in 1980 are:

1. The 5 best brands by overall reliability were 1 European brand and 4 Japanese brands.

2. The 7 best car companies by overall reliability were 3 European auto manufacturers and 4 Japanese auto manufacturers.

3. By overall reliability, two North American manufacturers, GM and Ford, were average and two, Chrysler and AMC, were below average.

For a Google Knol by site manager that summarizes the changes in auto-brand and auto-manufacturer ranking from 1990 to 2010 by the quality measures of this section, click Go.

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