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Automobile Brand and Manufacturer Quality
by James Bleeker

Content Summary

This section of Auto on Info provides a 35-year product-quality history of automobile brands and auto manufacturers with significant sales in the U.S. Its purposes are (1) to aid the consumer in purchasing a used vehicle and (2) to help the consumer identify trends in quality so that he or she may better anticipate the quality of a new vehicle from an existing brand or manufacturer. For the latter, the bottom group of web pages may be of greater help.

The quality ratings and rankings are for years 2010, 2005, 2000, 1995, 1990, 1985, 1980, and 1975 and use the statistics found in the Used-Cars-to-Avoid tables and the reliability charts of the April issues of Consumer Reports, likely the most respected and followed source of automobile-quality information in North America.

The 2010 ratings and rankings are based on the performance of vehicles from model years 2004 to 2009, the ratings and rankings for 2005 - from model years 1997 to 2004, the ratings and rankings for 2000 - from model years 1992 to 1999, those for 1990 - from model years 1984 to 1989, those for 1985 - from model years 1979 to 1984, those for 1980 - from model years 1974 to 1979, and those for 1975 - from model years 1971 to 1974. The range of model years is determined by the information available in the applicable April issue of Consumer Reports.

One of the rankings for 1995 is a bit different from the rest, as explained in the web pages of that subsection.

Each page has a "Summary and Analysis" section.

This section currently has the following pages:

2010 - The 10 Best Automobile Brands: Go
2010 - The 10 Worst Automobile Brands: Go
2010 - The Ratings and Rankings of All Automobile Brands: Go
2010 - The Ratings and Rankings of All Automobile Manufacturers: Go

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

2000 - The 10 Best Automobile Brands: Go
2000 - The 10 Worst Automobile Brands: Go
2000 - The Ratings and Rankings of All Automobile Brands: Go
2000 - The Ratings and Rankings of All Automobile Manufacturers: Go

1995 - The 10 Best Automobile Brands: Go
1995 - The 10 Worst Automobile Brands: Go
1995 - The Ratings and Rankings of All Automobile Brands: Go
1995 - The Ratings and Rankings of All Automobile Manufacturers: Go

1990 - The 10 Best Automobile Brands: Go
1990 - The 10 Worst Automobile Brands: Go
1990 - The Ratings and Rankings of All Automobile Brands: Go
1990 - The Ratings and Rankings of All Automobile Manufacturers: Go

1985 - The 10 Best Automobile Brands: Go
1985 - The 10 Worst Automobile Brands: Go
1985 - The Ratings and Rankings of All Automobile Brands: Go
1985 - The Ratings and Rankings of All Automobile Manufacturers: Go

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

1975 - The 10 Best Automobile Brands: Go
1975 - The 10 Worst Automobile Brands: Go
1975 - The Ratings and Rankings of All Automobile Brands: Go
1975 - The Ratings and Rankings of All Automobile Manufacturers: Go

Auto-Quality Ranks of North America's 6 Major Car Manufacturers: Go
Auto-Quality Ranks of Detroit's Big Three and 5 Japan-based Car Manufacturers: Go
Auto-Quality Ranks of 5 Europe-based Car Manufacturers: Go
Auto-Quality Ranks of 5 Europe-based and 5 Japan-based Car Manufacturers: Go
Auto-Quality Rank Averages of the Car Manufacturers: Go

Auto-Quality Ranks of Brands of GM and 6 Japan-based Car Manufacturers: Go
Auto-Quality Ranks of Brands of Ford, Chrysler, and 6 Japan-based Car Manufacturers: Go
Auto-Quality Ranks of Brands of 5 Europe-Based and 6 Japan-based Car Manufacturers: Go
Auto-Quality Ranks of 32 Brands for Years 2000, 2005, and 2010: Go
Auto-Quality Rank Averages of the Car Brands: Go

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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