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by Matt Brogan

According to an annual US Consumer Reports survey, Ford has improved the quality of its cars against other manufacturers. Chrysler on the other hand was rated last in the list of 33 manufacturers.

Japanese manufacturers rated well with Toyota’s youth orientated Scion at the top. Honda placed second with Toyota third.

Ford is the only US manufacturer competing against the Japanese brands with “world-class reliability,” 90 per cent of Ford’s vehicles scored average of better reliability.

Ford’s Mercury brand came in at ten for reliability, the only brand from the US to make the top ten list. Ford was 16th and the Luxury brand lincoln scored 20th.

Chrysler on the other hand was lower in the ratings with its Jeep SUV brand rating 30, Dodge 31 and Chrysler at the very bottom, 33rd.

Chrysler models in 2009 had more than one third  rated “much worse than average” by Consumer Reports.

On June 10 Chrysler emerged from bankruptcy selling most of its assets to a company led by Fiat. Sergio Marchionne CEO of Fiat will announce a five-year plan to turn the manufacturer around.

Chevrolet, General Motors top brand, being more than 60 per cent of its US sales came in at 25th.

Backed by $50 billion in U.S taxpayer funds the number one US manufacturer came out of bankruptcy. GM is selling Saab, Hummer and winding down Pontiac and Saturn, while counting on sales gains at Chevrolet.

Full rankings are as follows:

1. Scion
2. Honda
3. Toyota
4. Infiniti
5. Acura
6. Mitsubishi
7. Lexus
8. Hyundai
9. Porsche
10. Mercury
11. Saab
12. Subaru
13. Suzuki
14. Kia
15. Mazda
16. Ford
17. Nissan
18. Volvo
19. Buick
20. Lincoln
21. Volkswagen
22. Pontiac
23. Mercedes-Benz
24. Audi
25. Chevrolet
26. BMW
27. Mini
28. GMC
29. Saturn
30. Jeep
31. Dodge
32. Cadillac
33. Chrysler




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