Automobile Brand and Manufacturer Quality in 2005
by James Bleeker
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 2005 and use the statistics
found in the Used-Cars-to-Avoid table and the
reliability charts of the April 2005 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:
2005 - The 10 Best Automobile Brands: Go
2005 - The 10 Worst Automobile Brands: Go
2005 - The Ratings and Rankings of All Automobile Brands: Go
2005 - The Ratings and Rankings of All Automobile Manufacturers: Go
Some interesting highlights of automobile brand and manufacturer quality
in 2005 are:
1. Honda Motor Company's Acura and Honda, Toyota Motor
Corporation's Toyota and Lexus, Nissan Motor Company's Infiniti, and
Fuji Heavy Industries' Subaru brands
placed in the Top 7 by both of the quality rankings employed in this
2. Brands of General Motors Corporation and the Chrysler
Group accounted for half of the Bottom 10 brands by both quality rankings.
3. All three of the North American brands of
Ford Motor Company placed in the top half by both quality
4. The Mercedes-Benz brand, once the icon of
engineering excellence and among the Top 10 in 1995, placed in
the Bottom 10 in 2005.
4. Toyota Motor Corporation and Fuji Heavy Industries
were the two manufacturers to
place in the Top
3 by both quality rankings.
5. The three automobile manufacturers that were common
to the Bottom 3 by both quality measures are Volkswagen, Jaguar, and
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
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