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Consumer Reports 2014 Car Brand Report Cards has Acura & Audi joining Lexus at the Head of the Class


Consumer ReportsYonkers, NY — Luxury brands rule the roost this year as Acura and Audi moved up a few spots to join Lexus with the top three highest scores in Consumer Reports’ annual car brand report cards.

A perennial top scorer, Lexus earned the highest marks (79) for the second straight year. Consumer Reports’ analysis finds the bulk of its models are usually quiet, comfortable, and fuel-efficient. Lexus was the only brand to achieve an excellent average overall reliability score. «Read the rest of this article»

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BMW recalls over 500,000 vehicles due to possible loss of electrical power


National Highway Traffic Safety AdministrationWashington, D.C. – BMW is recalling certain model year 2008-2012 1-Series coupes and convertibles manufactured December 2007 through July 2011; and 2007-2011 3-Series coupes and convertibles manufactured March 2007 through July 2011; 2007-2011 3-Series sedans manufactured March 2007 through October 2011; 2007-2011 3-Series sports wagons manufactured March 2007 through June 2011; and 2009-2011 Z4 vehicles manufactured March 2009 through June 2011.

2012 BMW 128I is one of the models being recalled.

2012 BMW 128I is one of the models being recalled.

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Consumer Reports Reveals Annual Naughty & Nice List of Company Policies and Practicies Deserving of Coal or Kudos


Ticketmaster, Time Warner Cable and BMW among others make CR’s “Naughty” List while Home Depot, Oxo and PNC Bank play “Nice” in Third Annual Public Education Campaign

Consumer ReportsYonkers, NY – Consumer Reports today unveiled its third annual Naughty & Nice List of company policies and practices. The companies cover a gamut of industries, including automotive (BMW, Honda) apparel (Kohl’s, Nordstrom, Forever 21) and even hospitality (Drury Hotels).

The annual Naughty & Nice list is not a Rating on an overall company; rather it’s a “thumbs up” or “thumbs down” on a specific policy or practice. CR also acknowledges that the companies excluded from the list may have similar policies. «Read the rest of this article»

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AAA reports New E15 Gasoline May Damage Vehicles and Cause Consumer Confusion


AAA research reveals need for regulators and industry to suspend E15 sales to protect motorists

AAAOrlando, FL – A recent survey by AAA finds a strong likelihood of consumer confusion and the potential for voided warranties and vehicle damage as a result of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) recent approval of E15 gasoline.

An overwhelming 95 percent of consumers surveyed have not heard of E15, a newly approved gasoline blend that contains up to 15 percent ethanol. With little consumer knowledge about E15 and less than five percent of cars on the road approved by automakers to use the fuel, AAA is urging regulators and the industry to stop the sale of E15 until motorists are better protected.

New E15 Gasoline (15% Ethanol) may confuse consumers and damage vehicles

New E15 Gasoline (15% Ethanol) may confuse consumers and damage vehicles

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Consumer Reports Auto Reliability Surveys shows Ford Continuing to Fall while Seven Japanese Brands Top List


Audi and Cadillac make major jumps in Rankings

Consumer ReportsYonkers, NY – A perfect storm of reliability problems has dropped Ford to next to last among the 28 car brands ranked in Consumer Reports 2012 Annual Auto Reliability Survey, while its luxury brand, Lincoln, placed just a notch higher. The findings were released today before the Automotive Press Association in Detroit.

Only two years ago, Ford was Detroit’s poster child for reliability. It cracked the top 10 among brands in Consumer Reports predicted-reliability scores, with more than 90 percent of its models being average or better. This year the top seven spots are all held by Japanese brands. «Read the rest of this article»

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Consumer Reports Automaker Report Cards 2012: Subaru Drives Into Top Spot as Honda Slips


Mazda’s score improves most while Ford’s falls the farthest

Consumer ReportsYonkers, NY – Riding a wave of impressive redesigned models in the last few years, Subaru for the first time has earned the top score in Consumer Reports automaker report cards for 2012.

Subaru’s score of 75, two points higher than last year, reflects better test scores for such redesigned models as the Impreza, Legacy, and Outback over the last few years. The 2012 Impreza, which Consumer Reports just tested, now tops the small-sedan class and is the Consumer Reports Top Pick in that category. Subaru’s average road-test score of 82 is the highest in Consumer Reports analysis. «Read the rest of this article»

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Consumer Reports: Buying A Used Car May Be A Better Deal Than Ever


Improving reliability among manufacturers make the gamble of buying used less risky; Many automakers are closing in on Honda & Toyota’s lead

Consumer ReportsYonkers, NY – With every passing year, buying a used car becomes less of a gamble according to a new analysis by Consumer Reports.  Even the least reliable car-makers are gaining ground on the perennial reliability leaders, Toyota and Honda; Volvo has made the most dramatic improvement over the last decade, but almost all automakers have improved their products in recent years.

Consumer Reports compared the percentage of problem-free, three-year-old models from its 2002 and 2011 Annual Auto surveys for 13 automakers based on their product output for which owners did not report any serious problems with their cars during the 12 months covered by each survey. «Read the rest of this article»

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Survey Finds Americans See Less Difference between Car Brands in the Marketplace


Toyota, Ford, Honda, and Chevrolet continue to lead in overall perception, but by a slimmer margin

Consumer ReportsYonkers, NY – The difference perceived by American consumer between the top car brands and the challengers is shrinking, according to the findings of the 2012 Car-Brand Perception Survey, conducted by the Consumer Reports National Research Center.

Toyota, Ford, Honda, and Chevrolet, which have been perennial leaders in Consumer Reports annual Car-Brand Perception Survey, maintained their top positions but have seen the point gap decrease. In fact, most of the top brands saw double-digit drops in their total scores. «Read the rest of this article»

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2011 Annual Auto Reliability Survey: New models tarnish Ford’s reliability


Consumer ReportsYonkers, NY – In recent years Ford has been a model of American reliability, competing well against Japanese makes that have dominated for decades. But three of its new models are blemishing that record, according to Consumer Reports.

The new Explorer, Fiesta, and Focus all had below-average reliability in their first year. As a result, Ford’s overall reliability rank among 28 major car makes slipped from the 10th to the 20th spot this year—the biggest drop for any major nameplate in Consumer Reports 2011 Annual Auto Survey.

Survey results were scheduled to be announced today before the Automotive Press Association in downtown Detroit. «Read the rest of this article»

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