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: