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The Canadian Automobile Association's Engineering Excellence Awards
by James Bleeker

From 1983 to 2003, the Canadian Automobile Association had given its Pyramid Award for Vehicle Ownership Satisfaction as a reward for "vehicle engineering excellence in terms of actual, long-term, reliable performance," based on data collected from CAA's annual Vehicle Ownership Survey. The following chart depicts the number of these awards received by each automobile manufacturer.

The Number of CAA Pyramid Awards by Manufacturer

The number of models of each auto manufacturer within CAA's 2003 Top 10 for engineering excellence is depicted in the following chart.

Number of Models of Each Manufacturer Receiving CAA's 2003 Top Ten Rating for Vehicle Engineering Excellence

Placing first and second, respectively, were the 1997-2001 Camry and the 1998-2001 Sienna minivan, the 2003 Pyramid Award recipients. Other Toyota products in the Top Ten list were the 2000-2002 Echo, the 1993-1997 Corolla, the 1992-1996 Camry, the 1996-1999 Tercel, and the 1991-1995 Tercel. Honda products that made this list were the 1998-2002 Accord and the 1997-2001 CR-V, the only SUV on the list. Nissan's model on the list is the 2000-2002 Sentra.

Note      The Canadian Automobile Association groups vehicles by model generation, awards engineering excellence to such generations, and terms such generations models.

The number of models of each manufacturer within CAA's 2002 Top 10 for engineering excellence is depicted in the following chart.

Number of Models of Each Manufacturer Receiving CAA's 2002 Top Ten Rating for Vehicle Engineering Excellence

First on the 2002 Top Ten list was the Toyota Corolla for model years 1993-1997, second was the Honda CR-V for model years 1997-2001, and third was the Toyota Tercel for model years 1996-1999. The Toyota Camry held three spots in the top ten - fourth for model years 1997-2001, fifth for model years 1992-1996, and ninth for model years 1988-1991. The Hyundai Accent for model years 1995-1999 was number eight.

Note that the Toyota Camry for model years 1988-1991 placed more highly than any of the numerous more recent generations of models of Ford Motor Company, Chrysler Corporation, and General Motors Corporation.

Disclosure      Site manager is currently a very small shareholder of Ford Motor Company (2010-04-27). I am not, and have not been, a shareholder of any other motor vehicle manufacturer.

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Additional Resources

Detailed information on auto reliability and car, truck, brand, and manufacturer quality, as well as changes in U.S. car and light vehicle market shares, are given in the car guides below. These are available as Kindle ebooks and may be purchased for a small fee on Amazon.com. Links to the Amazon pages offering the books are provided.

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AutoOnInfo.net’s Car Quality Series, Volume 3: Car Guide and Shopping Companion: The 2012 Reliability GPAs and Grades of the 6-to-10-Year-Old Cars and Trucks from Model Years 2002 to 2005

Volume 3 of AutoOnInfo.net’s Car Quality Series offers quality ratings on car and truck models, brands, and manufacturers using Auto Reliability Grade Point Averages (GPAs) and Grades. With these measures of performance, this e-guide brings to the aid of auto consumers a convenient, anywhere, anytime source of automobile information on enduring reliability. As a further aid, this book provides graphs depicting both automobile brand and manufacturer spectral signatures and density functions.

Ratings and rankings of vehicle models, brands, and manufacturers are for North American model years 2002 to 2005 when the cars and trucks were between the ages of 6 and 10 years old. Used car buyers may use the Reliability GPAs and Grades as a valuable shopping tool for earlier and later model years as well. New car buyers looking for models and lines that have withstood the test of time may use the GPAs and grades as a guide for what runs well over a multi-year time span. Motor vehicles graded and ranked include small cars, family cars, upscale cars, luxury cars, sport cars, small SUVs, midsize SUVs, large SUVs, minivans, and pickup trucks. For each of these body styles, the best and the worst are listed in separate chapters.

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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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AutoOnInfo.net’s Car Guide and Shopping Companion: The 2009 Reliability GPAs and Grades of the 6-to-10-Year-Old Cars and Trucks from Model Years 1999 to 2002

AutoOnInfo.net’s Car Guide offers quality ratings on car models, brands, and manufacturers using Auto Reliability Grade Point Averages (GPAs) and Grades. With this guide, GPAs and grades, familiar by common-place use in educational settings, are brought to the aid of car consumers seeking a convenient, any-where, any-time source of automobile information on enduring reliability. Car models rated are from North American model years 1999 to 2002 when the cars were between the ages of 6 and 10 years old. Used car buyers may use the Reliability GPAs and grades as a valuable shopping tool for earlier and later model years as well. New car buyers looking for models and lines that have withstood the test of time may use the GPAs and grades as a guide for what runs well over a multi-year time span. Motor vehicles graded and ranked include convertibles, coupes, sedans, wagons, hatchbacks, minivans, SUVs, and pickup trucks.

Also visit www.CarsOnInfo.net and www.CarQualityInfo.net for more car and truck quality tables, charts, graphs, and information.