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by James Bleeker

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

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Chevrolet's Quality and Market Shares: After Consumers Punished Its Sales, Did Its Quality Improve?: Go

This article examines whether Chevrolet's declining U.S. market shares have prompted General Motors Corporation to improve the reliability and durability of the products of its Chevrolet brand and whether such improvement is likely forthcoming. It examines U.S. new car and new light vehicle market shares from 1985 to 2003 and reliability and durability changes since 1985.

Car Brand Quality - The 7 Best Car Brands in 2010: Go

This article provides two methods for selecting the 7 best car brands sold in North America from late 2004 to 2009. The statistics used in the computations for selecting the seven best vehicle brands are those found within the April 2010 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.

Predicted SUV Reliability Ratings 2011 - CR's Top 5 and Worst 10 Small, Midsize, Luxury, Large SUVs: Go

Consumer Reports recently released its predictions of short-term reliability for sport-utility vehicles. The predictions are based on the infrequency of serious problems within the most-recent 3 or fewer model years, depending on the availability of data. This article lists the Top 5 and Bottom 10 by CR's predicted reliability in each of the categories Small SUVs, Midsize SUVs, Luxury SUVs, and Large SUVs.

Consumer Reports' Recommendations - How Good Are They?: Go

This article examines Consumer Reports' 2007 recommendations of automobile models for the Chevrolet, Toyota, Honda, Hyundai, and Kia brands in order to see how their reliability fared just 3 years later. It delves into the questions: (1) How good are CR's recommendations? and (2) Is U.S.-based Consumer Reports biased in favor of the U.S.-based General Motors Corporation?

Predicted Car Reliability 2011 - Consumer Reports' Top Ten Autos: Go

Recently Consumer Reports released charts of its predicted reliability of sedans, coupes, convertibles, wagons, minivans, sport-utility vehicles, and pickup trucks. Its predicted reliability is based on the infrequency of serious problems within the three preceding model years - 2008, 2009 and 2010 - or fewer when an insufficient data history limits model year inclusion. In this article I list the Top Ten by CR's predicted reliability for model year 2011.

Predicted Car Reliability 2011 - Consumer Reports' Top 10 Small Cars: Go

Yearly Consumer Reports predicts the short-term reliability of motor vehicle models for the new model year. This article lists CR's Top 10 most reliable small cars for model year 2011.

Car Quality - Consumer Reports' Reliability Versus JD Power's Dependability: Go

This article examines the contrast between Consumer Reports' reliability ranking and J. D. Power and Associates' "dependability" ranking of car brands. It also provides a list of the brands common to the Top Ten of both rankings.

Car Reliability 2011 - Consumer Reports' Best Cars: Go

Each year Consumer Reports predicts the reliability of vehicle models based on the reported performance over the preceding 3 years, or fewer years if data are limited, as they are for newer models such as the Ford Fusion. The best small cars, family cars, upscale/luxury cars, minivan, small SUVs, midsize SUVs, Luxury SUVs, and pickup trucks by CR's predicted infrequency of serious problems is given in this article.

Car Brand Reliability Rankings 2011 - Consumer Reports' Top 10: Go

This article lists the top 10 brands of model year 2011 by Consumer reports' predicted short-term reliability. Following the list is a review of the brands' reliability standings.

Car Reliability Ratings 2010 - The 10 Most Reliable Convertibles at 4 Different Age Intervals: Go

Convertibles are fun cars to drive. Many people, teenagers to middle-agers, await the first warm day of spring to take a spin through the country, to downtown, or on an outing. And a chance encounter with friends in the city or suburbs will result in a lively and carefree conversation lasting minutes to hours. In this article, I list the 10 most reliable of these transports to fun, for four different age ranges.

Car Reliability Rankings 2010 - South Korean Cars Vs GM Cars: Go

South Korean cars by Hyundai Motor Company and Kia Motors Corporation have gained in popularity with U.S. consumers over the last decade. This popularity appears to be due, in part, to the price and reliability of their products relative to the price and reliability of similar offerings by the Big Three. In this article, I list those sedans, wagons, hatchbacks, and sport-utility vehicles by Hyundai and Kia whose 2010 Car Reliability Grade Point Average for the most recent age range, 0 to 4 years old, exceed GM's mean.

Small Sedan Reliability Ratings 2010 - The 10 Most Reliable Small Sedans at 4 Age Ranges and Overall: Go

This article lists the ten most reliable small sedans for 4 age ranges in order to help consumers in their search for a small sedan with fewer reported serious problems. It also provides a separate list of small sedans that are common to all four lists, for those consumers who may wish to purchase a new car and own it for 10, 20, or more years.

GM Bailout 2008-2009 - A Stupidity After an Idiocy?: Go

This article examines the 2008-to-2009 bailout of General Motors Corporation. Was it prudent? Or was it a Bush administration idiocy followed by an Obama administration stupidity?

Car Reliability Rankings 2010 - The Best Small Cars: Go

One of the most important criteria, if not the most important criterion, of automobile quality is reliability, that is, infrequency of serious problems, as few people want the annoyance, inconvenience, and expense of dealing with such problems. This article provides lists employing this criterion that will help guide consumers to the best small cars on the U.S. new and used car market.

Car Reliability Rankings 2010 - The Best Family Cars: Go

Likely the most important component of automobile quality is reliability, as few people want the irritation, inconvenience, and expense of dealing with serious problems. This article employs this component to compose lists to help guide consumers to the best family cars available in the U.S. new and used car market.

Car Brand Reliability 2010 - Using Line GPAs to Screen for Cars: Go

The article provides an initial screening technique for selecting a high quality vehicle. For the screening, it provides three sets of car reliability ratings - one for those who prefer to lease a new car, one for those who prefer to purchase a high-reliability, less-expensive, older vehicle, and one for those consumers with plans of purchasing a new car and owning it for a 10-year or longer period of time.

Car Quality Rankings 2010 - Change in Automobile Manufacturer Quality Standings May Take Decades: Go

The article provides three measures of car manufacturer quality. For each measure, it gives the gains and declines in quality for several leading manufacturers, including Detroit's Big 3, 2 of Germany's car manufacturers, and 5 manufacturers headquartered in Japan. It summarizes by noting Ford's long history of quality improvement effort and the result of this effort.

Durable Cars 2010 - Good Prospects For Long-Lasting Vehicles: Go

A brief history of the author's experience regarding, and interest in, durable cars is given. This is followed by some historical data on durable cars. Then, criteria and standards are set for selecting good prospects for a long-lasting vehicle from the 2000s. Finally, a list of good candidates for long-term ownership is given.

SUV Reliability 2010 - The 10 Most Reliable Sport-Utility Vehicles at Various Age Ranges: Go

A method for selecting the 10 most reliable sport-utility vehicles at four age ranges is set forth. After setting forth the method, lists of the 10 best SUVs are given for each age range, followed by a list of those consistently most reliable SUVs that appear in all four lists. Within each entry of the first four lists, the 2010 reliability rating of the SUV for the corresponding age range is provided.

Car Reliability Ratings 2010 - The 20 Best 6-to-10-Year-Old Coupes, Sedans, and Hatchbacks: Go

The 20 most reliable 6-to-10-year-old convertibles, coupes, sedans, and hatchbacks from model years 2000 through 2003 are listed in descending order of reliability. With each, the 2010 Car Reliability GPA is provided.

Auto Reliability - Manufacturer Product Quality Change in the US Car Market From 1992 to 2010: Go

This article summarizes the auto quality changes for several of the automobile manufacturers with more significant sales in the U.S. car market. The measure used for indexing these auto quality changes is the change in each manufacturer's share of Consumer Reports' used cars to avoid from 1992 to 2010.

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