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ArticlesBase Automobile-Related Articles by Site Manager
by James Bleeker

Below is a list of articles written by site manager and published on ArticlesBase.

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The Most Popular Car Brands: Go
2012-11-09

This article lists and examines the ten most popular car brands by two measures. The first is by percent increase in U.S. new car market shares from 1985 to 2009, and the second is by percent increase in the same shares from 2000 to 2009.

Buick Quality Grades and Its U.S. Market Shares - How Much Has Its Quality Affected Its Market Shares?: Go
2012-10-21

This article examines the relationship between Buick's quality ratings and its U.S. Market shares. Generally, good reliability and durability have been rewarded by U.S. consumers with increased market shares, while poor reliability and rapid dilapidation have been punished with reduced U.S. market shares. The questions answered here are: What are Buick's Quality Grades and how much have General Motors' Buick brand's U.S. market shares changed?

Car Brand Quality – The 7 Best Car Brands in 1990: Go
2011-01-11

This article provides two methods for selecting the 7 best car brands sold in North America from late 1984 to 1989. The statistics used in the computations for selecting the seven best vehicle brands are those found within the April 1990 issue of Consumer Reports, likely the most respected and followed source of automobile quality information in North America. The two sections used for ranking brand quality are Consumer Reports' list of trouble-prone cars and its reliability charts. Reliability is defined by the magazine as the infrequency of serious problems, which it measures annually by a subscriber survey.

GM Quality Versus Toyota and Honda Quality - A Study in Contrasts: Go
2011-01-06

Consumer Reports recently published some of its 2011 reliability charts, which offer a 10-year reliability history, when data and model life span permit. One of the strongest features of these charts is that they permit a reader to spot quality differences with a cursory look. This article summarizes some of the contrasts between the quality of products by General Motors Corporation and the quality of products by Toyota Motor Corporation and Honda Motor Company that may be gathered from a brief inspection.

Car Quality Ratings 2011 - Consumer Reports' Top 10 Best-Value Cars: Go
2010-12-30

Recently, Consumer Reports published the 2011 list of new cars offering the best value to the discerning consumer. CR uses the Value Score to identify the cars that offer the most in reliability and performance for the least amount of money. The Value Score is a composite quality index that encompasses a vehicle's 5-year ownership cost per mile, its road-test score, and its predicted short-term reliability rating. This article lists the Top 10 best-value automobiles by Value Score and the second 10 best buys.

Predicted Car Reliability Ratings 2011 – CR's Top 5 Family Cars, Upscale Cars, and Luxury Cars: Go
2010-12-17

Consumer Reports recently released the predicted reliability ratings for the 2011 family cars, upscale cars, and luxury cars. The predicted car reliability is based on the infrequency of serious problems within the most-recent 3 or fewer model years. This article lists the Top 5 of these cars whose reliability prediction is based on at least 2 years of model data.

Predicted SUV Reliability 2011 - Consumer Reports' Best: Go
2010-11-15

Consumer Reports recently published the bar graphs and rankings of the predicted short-term reliability of sport-utility vehicles for model year 2011. The best SUVs by short-term predicted reliability are listed below.

The Best Cars of 1988: Go
2010-10-18

For those consumers in the market for an older car, I list the 10 and 20 most reliable and durable cars of model year 1988. I use the Car Reliability Percentrank (RP) for 6-to-8-year-old vehicles as the joint measure of reliability and durability. As the name of the measure suggests, the Reliability Percentrank measure has a scale of 0 to 1, with 1 being the highest possible score.

Car Reliability Ratings 2010 – The 10 Most Reliable Coupes and 2-Door Hatchbacks at Various Age Ranges: Go
2010-10-04

By converting Consumer Union's reliability ratings of "Much Better than Average," "Better than Average," "Average," "Worse than Average," and "Much Worse than Average" to grade points 4, 3, 2, 1, and 0, respectively, for each model year of each coupe and 2-door hatchback providing the necessary data, a 2010 Reliability Grade Point Average may be obtained for age ranges 0-to-4 years, 2-to-6 years, 4-to-8 years, and 6-to-10 years. These Reliability GPAs provide a multi-year reliability summary for each 2-door hardtop with sufficient data.

Pickup Reliability Ratings 2010 – The 5 Most Reliable Pickup Trucks at Various Age Ranges: Go
2010-10-03

By converting Consumer Union's reliability ratings of "Much Better than Average," "Better than Average," "Average," "Worse than Average," and "Much Worse than Average" to grade points 4, 3, 2, 1, and 0, respectively, for each model year of each pickup providing the necessary data, a 2010 Pickup Reliability Grade Point Average may be obtained for age ranges 0-to-4 years, 2-to-6 years, 4-to-8 years, and 6-to-10 years. These Reliability GPAs provide a multi-year reliability summary for each pickup truck with sufficient data.

Sedan Reliability Ratings 2010 – The 15 Most Reliable Family Sedans at Various Age Ranges: Go
2010-10-01

By converting Consumer Union's reliability ratings of "Much Better than Average," "Better than Average," "Average," "Worse than Average," and "Much Worse than Average" to grade points 4, 3, 2, 1, and 0, respectively, for each model year of each family sedan providing the necessary data, a 2010 Family Sedan Reliability Grade Point Average may be obtained for age ranges 0-to-4 years, 2-to-6 years, 4-to-8 years, and 6-to-10 years. These car Reliability GPAs provide a multi-year reliability summary for each family sedan with sufficient data.

Car Quality Rankings 2010 – The Most Reliable Hatchbacks: Go
2010-09-17

Likely the most useful criterion of motor vehicle quality is reliability, as most people neither like nor want the irritation, inconvenience, and cost of dealing with serious problems. This article provides lists of hatchbacks employing this criterion in order to help guide consumers to the best hatchbacks on the U.S. new and used car market.

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