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Subaru Named Top Automaker by Consumer Reports as Honda Falls

Tuesday, 28 Feb 2012 01:11 PM

Subaru, a unit of Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd., was named top automaker in Consumer Reports magazine’s annual rankings as Honda Motor Co. fell to fourth.

Subaru received 75 of 100 points based on the scores of its seven models sold in the U.S., Consumer Reports said in results released today at the National Press Club in Washington. The Tokyo-based company earned its score for building “dependable, all-wheel-drive vehicles with simple interiors,” the magazine said.

Mazda Motor Corp., based in Hiroshima, Japan, ranked second with 74 points, followed by Toyota Motor Corp. Honda’s ranking fell as redesigned models scored lower than the vehicles they replaced.

“There are a lot of good cars out there, and they may not come from the companies with the most advertisements on TV,” David Champion, Consumer Reports senior director of automotive testing, said in an interview.

Ford Motor Co., the most improved automaker last year, slid to 10th place from fifth. The magazine criticized the Dearborn, Mich.-based company’s electronic interfaces and transmissions.

Consumer Reports, published by Consumers Union, tests and evaluates cars for how well they drive, interior-finish quality, fuel economy and reliability.

The rankings by Yonkers, New York-based Consumer Reports influence car buyers and are published in the magazine’s annual auto issue.


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