Consumers Union: 9 of 10 top vehicle picks are imports

Consumers Union: 9 of 10 top vehicle picks are imports http://www.autonews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080228/ANA05/619054243/1018
Automotive News | February 28, 2008 - 3:16 pm EST
WASHINGTON -- Automotive experts at Consumers Union complimented Ford Motor Co. and General Motors on the progress their vehicles are making -- but didnít give them much else.
The organizationís Consumer Reports magazine today unveiled its list of Top Picks for 2008. Nine of the 10 category winners are import-brand vehicles.
The lone exception was the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Crew Cab, which got top honors in the pickup category.
The news was worse for Chrysler LLC. In remarks at a meeting with Washington auto writers today, David Champion, Consumers Unionís senior director of automotive testing, said Chryslerís products lag behind the rest of the industry.
The automakerís lineup ďis in the dumps,Ē he said.
By contrast, Fordís lineup, while unexciting, is showing steady improvement in reliability, Champion said.
GM has some attractive new vehicles, such as the redesigned Cadillac CTS sedan and the Buick Enclave crossover, but reliability ratings still lag, he said.
The magazine tests and rates vehicles in various categories and gives overall report cards to automakers. This yearís top three companies are Honda, Toyota and Subaru. The bottom three are General Motors, Suzuki and Chrysler.
For the first time this year, Consumer Reports calculated vehiclesí cost of ownership over five years.
Rik Paul, the magazineís automotive editor, said the data show that cheaper vehicles often wind up costing their owners more than pricier vehicles. The biggest factor is depreciation, which represents 48 percent of the cost of ownership, he said.
Details are in the magazineís annual auto issue, available on newsstands Tuesday, March 4. Some of the information was to be posted at www.consumerreports.org today, but only subscribers can get all of the data online.
Consumers Union calls itself an expert, independent nonprofit organization. It accepts no outside advertising and buys the products that it tests.
This year, a vehicle had to have electronic stability control to qualify as a Top Pick.
The winners by category for 2008, besides the Silverado pickup, are:
* Small sedan: Hyundai Elantra SE
* Family sedan: Honda Accord
* Upscale sedan: Infiniti G35
* Luxury sedan: Lexus LS 460 L
* Green car: Toyota Prius
* Fun to drive: Mazda MX-5 Miata
* Small SUV: Toyota RAV4
* Mid-sized SUV: Hyundai Santa Fe
* Minivan: Toyota Sienna
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They have been "selling" that idea for ever, but buyers know better when it comes down to spend their hard earned money.
Just goes to show CR etall don't know what they are talking about. The Ford F150 is the top selling vehicles in the US and has been for over thirty years. The Silverado is number two both of which sell at a rate nearly double that of ANY import. GM continues to out sell any import brand. Do you actually think buys would continue to buy all of those vehicles if they did not think they were better than any of their competitors vehicles?
If you take note none of the vehicles on their list is teh numbe one seller in its class. That says it all LOL

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<Snip Consumer Reports (and Higgins) usual bullshit>

Bwaha...I can call myself whatever I want too. Doesn't mean it's true.

Why? Does it have to have a wing on the back too?
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