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

Charts of Manufacturer Shares of the Worst Motor Vehicles in 2012

First is a bar graph of the auto manufacturer shares of the 30 worst cars and trucks in 2012.

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

All but one of the 30 worst have a letter grade of F.

Next is a bar graph of the auto manufacturer shares of the 50 worst cars and trucks in 2012.

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

All of the 50 worst have an Overall GPA of less than 1.00.

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 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 1.84 or worse 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 Worst Small Cars in 2012

Below is a bar graph of the auto manufacturer shares of the 14 worst small cars in 2012.

Automobile Manufacturer shares of the 14 worst small cars in 2012.

To view the table providing (1) a complete list of the small cars with an Overall Reliability GPA of 1.84 or worse 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 Worst Hatchbacks in 2012

Below is a bar graph of the auto manufacturer shares of the 10 worst hatchback automobiles in 2012.

Automobile Manufacturer shares of the 10 worst hatchbacks in 2012.

To view the table providing (1) a complete list of the hatchbacks with an Overall Reliability GPA of 1.84 or worse 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 Worst Family Cars in 2012

Below is a bar graph of the auto manufacturer shares of the 10 worst family cars in 2012.

Automobile Manufacturer shares of the 10 worst family cars in 2012.

To view the table providing (1) a complete list of the family cars with an Overall Reliability GPA of 1.84 or worse 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 Worst 4-Cylinder Family Cars in 2012

Below is a bar graph of the auto manufacturer shares of the 8 worst 4-cylinder family cars in 2012.

Automobile Manufacturer shares of the 8 worst 4-cylinder family cars in 2012.

To view the table providing (1) a complete list of the 4-cylinder family cars with an Overall Reliability GPA of 1.84 or worse 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 Worst Wagons in 2012

Below is a bar graph of the auto manufacturer shares of the 6 worst wagons in 2012.

Automobile Manufacturer shares of the 6 worst wagons in 2012.

To view the table providing (1) a complete list of the wagons with an Overall Reliability GPA of 1.84 or worse 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 Worst Upscale Cars in 2012

Below is a bar graph of the auto manufacturer shares of the 7 worst upscale cars in 2012.

Automobile Manufacturer shares of the 7 worst upscale cars in 2012.

To view the table providing (1) a complete list of the upscale cars with an Overall Reliability GPA of 1.84 or worse 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 Worst Luxury Cars in 2012

Below is a bar graph of the auto manufacturer shares of the 10 worst luxury cars in 2012.

Automobile Manufacturer shares of the 10 worst luxury cars in 2012.

To view the table providing (1) a complete list of the luxury cars with an Overall Reliability GPA of 1.84 or worse 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 Worst Sport Cars in 2012

Below is a bar graph of the auto manufacturer shares of the 13 worst sport cars in 2012.

Automobile Manufacturer shares of the 13 worst sport cars in 2012.

To view the table providing (1) a complete list of the sport cars with an Overall Reliability GPA of 1.84 or worse 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 Worst SUVs in 2012

First is a bar graph of the auto manufacturer shares of the 12 worst sport-utility vehicles in 2012.

Automobile Manufacturer shares of the 12 worst sport-utility vehicles in 2012.

All of the 12 worst have a letter grade of F.

Next is a bar graph of the auto manufacturer shares of the 21 worst SUVs in 2012.

Auto Manufacturer shares of the 21 Worst SUVs in 2012.

All of the 21 worst have a letter grade of D or F.

Next is a bar graph of the auto manufacturer shares of the 30 worst SUVs in 2012.

Auto Manufacturer shares of the 30 Worst SUVs in 2012.

All of the 30 worst have a letter grade of D or F.

Next is a bar graph of the auto manufacturer shares of the 40 worst SUVs in 2012.

Auto Manufacturer shares of the 40 Worst SUVs in 2012.

All of the 40 worst have a letter grade of D or F.

Next is a bar graph of the auto manufacturer shares of the 54 worst SUVs in 2012.

To view the table providing (1) a complete list of the SUVs with an Overall Reliability GPA of 1.84 or worse 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 Worst Small SUVs in 2012

Below is a bar graph of the auto manufacturer shares of the 11 worst small sport-utility vehicles in 2012.

Automobile Manufacturer shares of the 11 worst 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 1.84 or worse 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 Worst Midsize SUVs in 2012

First is a bar graph of the auto manufacturer shares of the 10 worst midsize sport-utility vehicles in 2012.

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

The 10 worst midsize SUVs are rather broadly distributed among manufacturers, although General Motors heads the group.

Next is a bar graph of the auto manufacturer shares of the 20 worst midsize sport-utility vehicles in 2012.

Automobile Manufacturer shares of the 20 worst 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 1.84 or worse 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 Worst Large SUVs in 2012

First is a bar graph of the auto manufacturer shares of the 10 worst large sport-utility vehicles in 2012.

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

The 10 worst large SUVs are heavily concentrated in one manufacturer - GM.

Next is a bar graph of the auto manufacturer shares of the 23 worst large sport-utility vehicles in 2012.

Automobile Manufacturer shares of the 23 worst large sport-utility vehicles in 2012.

To view the table providing (1) a complete list of the large SUVs with an Overall Reliability GPA of 1.84 or worse 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 Worst Minivans in 2012

First is a bar graph of the auto manufacturer shares of the 12 worst minivans in 2012.

Automobile manufacturer shares of the 12 worst minivans in 2012.

To view the table providing (1) a complete list of the minivans with an Overall Reliability GPA of 1.84 or worse 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 Worst All- and 4-Wheel-Drive Vehicles in 2012

First is a bar graph of the auto manufacturer shares of the 10 worst all- and four-wheel-drive vehicles in 2012.

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

All of the 10 worst have a letter grade of F.

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

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

All but one of the 20 worst have a letter grade of F.

Next is a bar graph of the auto manufacturer shares of the 30 worst all- and four-wheel-drive vehicles in 2012.

Automobile Manufacturer shares of the 30 worst all-wheel-drive and 4-wheel-drive vehicles in 2012.

All of the 30 worst have a letter grade of D or F.

Next is a bar graph of the auto manufacturer shares of the 62 worst all- and four-wheel-drive vehicles in 2012.

Automobile Manufacturer shares of the 62 worst all-wheel-drive and 4-wheel-drive vehicles in 2012.

All of the 62 worst have a letter grade of D or F.

Next is a bar graph of the auto manufacturer shares of the 84 worst all- and four-wheel-drive vehicles in 2012.

Automobile Manufacturer shares of the 84 worst 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 1.84 or worse 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 Worst Pickup Trucks in 2012

Below is a bar graph of the auto manufacturer shares of the 15 worst pickups in 2012.

Automobile manufacturer shares of the 15 worst pickups in 2012.

To view the table providing (1) a complete list of the pickup trucks with an Overall Reliability GPA of 1.84 or worse and (2) corresponding GPAs for several age ranges as well as the Overall GPA and the Minimum GPA, click here.

Note that General Motors dominates the worst shares in more than 3/4 of the above charts. The Chrysler Group is less successful in placing second-worst.

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