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Charts of Auto Maker Shares of the Best Cars and Trucks in North America in 2012
by James Bleeker

Charts of Manufacturer Shares of the Best Motor Vehicles in 2012

First is a bar graph of the auto manufacturer shares of the 10 best cars and trucks in 2012.

Automobile Manufacturer shares of the 10 best cars and trucks in 2012.

All of the 10 best models in 2012 have an Overall Reliability GPA of 4.00.

Below are additional bar graphs of auto maker shares of the better cars and trucks in 2012.

Automobile Manufacturer shares of the 20 (21 by tie) best cars and trucks in 2012.

Automobile Manufacturer shares of the 30 best cars and trucks in 2012.

Automobile Manufacturer shares of the 40 best cars and trucks in 2012.

Automobile Manufacturer shares of the 50 best cars and trucks in 2012.

All of the top 50 have an Overall GPA of more than 3.15.

To view the table providing (1) a complete list of the sedans, coupes, convertibles, wagons, hatchbacks, minivans, SUVs, and pickup trucks with an Overall Reliability GPA of 2.75 or better and with at least a 3-year data history and (2) corresponding GPAs for several age ranges as well as the Overall GPA and the Minimum GPA, click here. To view a complete list of all of the sedans, coupes, convertibles, wagons, hatchbacks, minivans, SUVs, and pickup trucks offering reliability data, together with their corresponding GPAs, click here.

Charts of Manufacturer Shares of the Best Small Cars in 2012

First is a bar graph of the auto manufacturer shares of the 9 best small cars in 2012.

Automobile Manufacturer shares of the 9 best small cars in 2012.

All of the top 9 small cars in 2012 have a Reliability Grade of A.

Next is a bar graph of the auto manufacturer shares of the 16 best small cars in 2012.

Automobile Manufacturer shares of the 16 best small cars in 2012.

To view the table providing (1) a complete list of the small cars with an Overall Reliability GPA of 2.75 or better and with at least a 3-year data history and (2) corresponding GPAs for several age ranges as well as the Overall GPA and the Minimum GPA, click here.

Chart of Manufacturer Shares of the 8 Best Hatchbacks in 2012

Below is a bar graph of the auto manufacturer shares of the 8 best hatchbacks in 2012.

Automobile Manufacturer shares of the 8 best hatchbacks in 2012.

All of the Top 8 hatchbacks have an Overall Reliability GPA of 3.00 or better.

To view the table providing (1) a complete list of the hatchbacks with an Overall Reliability GPA of 2.75 or better and with at least a 3-year data history and (2) corresponding GPAs for several age ranges as well as the Overall GPA and the Minimum GPA, click here.

Chart of Manufacturer Shares of the 9 Best Family Cars in 2012

Below is a bar graph of the auto manufacturer shares of the 9 best family cars in 2012.

Automobile Manufacturer shares of the 9 best family cars in 2012.

All of the 9 best family cars have an Overall Reliability GPA of 3.00 or better in 2012.

To view the table providing (1) a complete list of the family cars with an Overall Reliability GPA of 2.75 or better and with at least a 3-year data history and (2) corresponding GPAs for several age ranges as well as the Overall GPA and the Minimum GPA, click here.

Chart of Manufacturer Shares of the 5 Best 4-Cylinder Family Cars in 2012

Below is a bar graph of the auto manufacturer shares of the 5 best 4-cylinder family cars in 2012.

Automobile Manufacturer shares of the 5 best 4-cylinder family cars in 2012.

All of the 5 best 4-cylinder family cars have an Overall Reliability GPA of 3.00 or better in 2012.

To view the table providing (1) a complete list of the 4-cylinder family cars with an Overall Reliability GPA of 2.75 or better and with at least a 3-year data history and (2) corresponding GPAs for several age ranges as well as the Overall GPA and the Minimum GPA, click here.

Chart of Manufacturer Shares of the Best Hybrids in 2012

Below is a bar graph of the auto manufacturer shares of the 6 best hybrid vehicles in 2012.

Automobile Manufacturer shares of the 6 best hybrids in 2012.

To view the table providing (1) a complete list of the hybrids with an Overall Reliability GPA of 2.75 or better and with at least a 3-year data history and (2) corresponding GPAs for several age ranges as well as the Overall GPA and the Minimum GPA, click here.

Chart of Manufacturer Shares of the 7 Best Wagons in 2012

Below is a bar graph of the auto manufacturer shares of the 7 best wagons in 2012.

Automobile Manufacturer shares of the 7 best wagons in 2012.

Only 5 of the Top 7 wagons have an Overall Reliability GPA above 3.00.

To view the table providing (1) a complete list of the wagons with an Overall Reliability GPA of 2.75 or better and with at least a 3-year data history and (2) corresponding GPAs for several age ranges as well as the Overall GPA and the Minimum GPA, click here.

Chart of Manufacturer Shares of the Best Upscale Cars in 2012

Below is a bar graph of the auto manufacturer shares of the 5 best upscale cars in 2012.

Automobile Manufacturer shares of the 5 best upscale cars in 2012.

All of the 5 best upscale cars have an Overall Reliability GPA of 3.08 or better in 2012.

To view the table providing (1) a complete list of the upscale cars with an Overall Reliability GPA of 2.75 or better and with at least a 3-year data history and (2) corresponding GPAs for several age ranges as well as the Overall GPA and the Minimum GPA, click here.

Chart of Manufacturer Shares of the Best in 2012

Below is a bar graph of the auto manufacturer shares of the 5 best luxury cars in 2012.

Automobile Manufacturer shares of the 5 best luxury cars in 2012.

To view the table providing (1) a complete list of the luxury cars with an Overall Reliability GPA of 2.75 or better and with at least a 3-year data history and (2) corresponding GPAs for several age ranges as well as the Overall GPA and the Minimum GPA, click here.

Charts of Manufacturer Shares of the Best Sport Cars in 2012

Below is a bar graph of the auto manufacturer shares of the 6 best sport cars in 2012.

Automobile Manufacturer shares of the 6 best sport cars in 2012.

All of the top 6 sport cars in 2012 have a Reliability Grade of A.

To view the table providing (1) a complete list of the sport cars with an Overall Reliability GPA of 2.75 or better and with at least a 3-year data history and (2) corresponding GPAs for several age ranges as well as the Overall GPA and the Minimum GPA, click here.

Chart of Manufacturer Shares of the 10 Best SUVs in 2012

Below is a bar graph of the auto manufacturer shares of the 10 best sport-utility vehicles in 2012.

Automobile Manufacturer shares of the 10 best sport-utility vehicles in 2012.

All of the 10 best sport-utility vehicles have an Overall Reliability GPA of 3.50 or better in 2012 and a Reliability Grade of A.

To view the table providing (1) a complete list of the SUVs with an Overall Reliability GPA of 2.75 or better and with at least a 3-year data history and (2) corresponding GPAs for several age ranges as well as the Overall GPA and the Minimum GPA, click here.

Chart of Manufacturer Shares of the Best Small SUVs in 2012

Below is a bar graph of the auto manufacturer shares of the 9 best small SUVs in 2012.

Automobile Manufacturer shares of the 9 best small sport-utility vehicles in 2012.

To view the table providing (1) a complete list of the small SUVs with an Overall Reliability GPA of 2.75 or better and with at least a 3-year data history and (2) corresponding GPAs for several age ranges as well as the Overall GPA and the Minimum GPA, click here.

Chart of Manufacturer Shares of the Best Midsize SUVs in 2012

Below is a bar graph of the auto manufacturer shares of the 11 best midsize SUVs in 2012.

Automobile Manufacturer shares of the 11 best midsize sport-utility vehicles in 2012.

To view the table providing (1) a complete list of the midsize SUVs with an Overall Reliability GPA of 2.75 or better and with at least a 3-year data history and (2) corresponding GPAs for several age ranges as well as the Overall GPA and the Minimum GPA, click here.

Charts of Manufacturer Shares of the Best All- and 4-Wheel-Drive Vehicles in 2012

First is a bar graph of the auto manufacturer shares of the 10 best all-wheel-drive and 4-wheel-drive cars and light trucks in 2012.

Automobile Manufacturer shares of the 10 best all-wheel-drive and 4-wheel-drive vehicles in 2012.

All of the top 10 all-wheel- and 4-wheel-drive vehicles in 2012 have a Reliability Grade of A.

Next is a bar graph of the auto manufacturer shares of the 20 best all-wheel-drive and 4-wheel-drive vehicles in 2012.

Automobile Manufacturer shares of the 20 best all-wheel-drive and 4-wheel-drive vehicles in 2012.

Next is a bar graph of the auto manufacturer shares of the 30 (31 by tie) best all-wheel-drive and 4-wheel-drive vehicles in 2012.

Automobile Manufacturer shares of the 31 best all-wheel-drive and 4-wheel-drive vehicles in 2012.

To view the table providing (1) a complete list of the all-wheel-drive and 4-wheel-drive vehicles with an Overall Reliability GPA of 2.75 or better and with at least a 3-year data history and (2) corresponding GPAs for several age ranges as well as the Overall GPA and the Minimum GPA, click here.

Chart of Manufacturer Shares of the 6 Best Pickups in 2012

Below is a bar graph of the auto manufacturer shares of the 6 best pickup trucks in 2012.

Automobile Manufacturer shares of the 6 best pickups in 2012.

To view the table providing (1) a complete list of the pickup trucks with an Overall Reliability GPA of 2.75 or better and with at least a 3-year data history and (2) corresponding GPAs for several age ranges as well as the Overall GPA and the Minimum GPA, click here.

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Additional Resources

More detail on brand Quality Grades is given in the Kindle ebook entitled AutoOnInfo.net's Car Quality Series, Volume 2: Brand Quality for Model Years 1985 to 2006 and Brand Market Shares from 1985 to 2009. Links to the Amazon page offering the book are given below.

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AutoOnInfo.net's Car Quality Series, Volume 2: Brand Quality for Model Years 1985 to 2006 and Effect on Brand Market Shares from 1985 to 2009

This volume of AutoOnInfo.net’s car guide series offers consumers and researchers an historical summary of the reliability and durability of car and truck brands and examines how these brands have fared in their U.S. market shares. It uses 6-year-old model entries in Consumer Reports’ Used Car to Avoid – also termed Vehicles to Avoid and Worst Cars, Year by Year – and CR’s reliability charts to ascribe quality grades to automobile brands for model-year groups 1985 to 1989, 1990 to 1994, 1995 to 1999, 2000 to 2004, 2005 to 2006, and 1985 to 2006. In addition to ascribing quality grades to each brand, it provides a chart that plots the number of the brand’s 6-year-old model entries in CR’s vehicles to avoid. To examine the effect that a brand’s reliability and durability has had on sales, two or more charts depicting the brand’s U.S. market shares for calendar years 1985 to 2009 are given. These grades and charts and the author’s comments impart an historical perspective that sheds light on the present condition of surviving vehicle lines and their future prospects, individual and institutional shortcomings, and what effect these may have on the U.S.

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