In Matters of Auto Reliability Detroit Automakers Trail Behind Foreign Companies

In Matters of Auto Reliability Detroit Automakers Trail Behind Foreign Companies

The Consumer Reports' 2014 Auto Reliability Survey says that, when the reliability factor for vehicles come into question the auto manufacturers of Detroit still trail behind their Japanese equivalents.

The name of Buick came as the only domestic brand on the top ten list of the annual survey conducted by the monthly consumer advice magazine. The ones that topped the list were the Japanese brands Lexus, Mazda and Toyota. They were followed by Honda and Audi. Buick took the spot after that, which was also a jump of ten positions from that of last year.

Over the years, the Japanese and Korean brands always have been seen to do better than the European and American brands.

The positions of the European and American brands vary depending upon the lifecycle of the vehicles designed by the companies as they tend to change the models more often as compared to the Japanese auto manufacturers.

Most of the vehicles that perform well in the survey are the ones that have been tested in the market for a number of years and also have gone through alterations and required corrections of problems.

On Monday while announcing the survey at an Automotive Press Association meeting, the director of automotive testing at Consumer Reports, Jake Fisher, said, "When vehicles are all-new and they have new processes or new powertrains, they tend to have problems."

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