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Old 20th August 2007, 10:15   #46
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Fully agreed, a better perspective to look is the CR tests, far more scientific and based on long term reliability issues, US as well as German cars fare quite bad there, even Koreans manage to outscore them now with consistency. I know Skoda is not sold in US, but its counterpart VW is, albeit with different trims and badges, basic heart remains the same, Touareg is a joke, so is the gas turbo sludgebucket engine, the weakest thing about the VW is the engine and electrical, Skoda shares it with VW.
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errr... wasn't it Benz? Granted ford made them cheap and available to common man but thats because of Henry Fords invention of production line.

All Ford did was sell cheap black car for masses made with virtual slave labor, no credit goes to Ford or for that matter any US maker, it was indeed the Germans with Benz, Maybach, Diesel, Bosch and we thank them for what we drive today.


If Ford is to be credited for anything, it was to make cars affordable and reachable by masses, something what the Maruti 800 did to us in India.
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I'm using a 6 month old rented Chrysler Sebring right now. While the car is awesome to drive, there's rattling all over the place. Before this had an impala which felt like a boat and had the typical GM issues... hard steering wheel and hard brakes. Was a pain to drive.
Yeah, Impala was a big boat..thats it....but one thing good about the GM was the Pontiac G6 V6. It was brand new and had a very good feel towards it.... but it was no way close to the refinement levels of a BMW or a Honda Accord..but I liked the Pontiac for being my first car which i drove in the US
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All one needs to do is go and check the NHSTA safety test ratings and will see that Accord, Camry as well as Corolla and Civic do quite well dispelling the myth of alleged unsafe Japanese cars in general.
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All Ford did was sell cheap black car for masses made with virtual slave labor, no credit goes to Ford or for that matter any US maker, it was indeed the Germans with Benz, Maybach, Diesel, Bosch and we thank them for what we drive today.
I think you should do some research before you post such baseless comments on a public forum. Well I'll give you a head start. The concept was called Fordism in America and elsewhere.
Fordism - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Toyota and Lexus Brands Retake ACSI Lead With Cadillac in Tow; Lincoln and Buick Shift Into Reverse; Chrysler Slumps.

Chrysler Group LLC's Chrysler brand was the lowest-rated nameplate in the survey at 76. The index is scored on a 0-100 scale.
Among the seven Asian brands in the index, all but Mazda saw their scores increase. Honda, with a score of 85, and Hyundai, with 83, both rose 1.2 percent. Nissan rose 2.4 percent to a score of 84, and Kia earned 81 points -- a 1.3 percent gain.
Volkswagen had the largest percentage increase, jumping 3.7 percent to 84.
The Ford brand rose 2.4 percent to 84, and Chevrolet rose 2.5 percent to 82.

"A customer satisfaction resurgence for international carmakers puts Detroit's fledgling recovery in jeopardy, according to a report released today by the American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI). The report covers customer satisfaction with an array of nameplates offered by domestic and foreign automobile manufacturers, along with an update of the national ACSI.
Japan scores big with two entries among the top three positions in ACSI. After falling last year amidst major quality problems, Toyota's Lexus (+2%) and the Toyota (+4%) brand itself glide into first place at 87, matched by GM's Cadillac (+1%). Overall, the auto industry ACSI score improves by 1.2% to 83.

Detroit's 2010 capture of the ACSI lead proves short-lived as the defending customer satisfaction champs, Lincoln and Buick, endure a 3% slump to 86 and 85, respectively. Mercedes-Benz holds steady at 86, while Honda inches up 1% to 85. Among the top seven ACSI carmakers, five are luxury brands, with Japan's best U.S. sellers (Honda and Toyota) rounding out the group.

Small gains of 2% take both the Ford nameplate and Nissan to their best-ever ACSI scores of 84. Recovering from a steep drop in 2010, Volkswagen also hits 84 (+4%), but stays shy of its record high (86 in 2009). At mid-industry, BMW trails other luxury brands, tumbling 4% to a 14-year low of 83 and finding itself in the company of Hyundai (+1%) and GMC (-1%). Chevrolet (+3%) and Kia (+1%) follow at 82 and 81, respectively.

The worst scores in the industry go to Chrysler, despite small-to-modest gains for its Dodge (+1%) and Jeep (+3%) product lines. At 79, both nameplates tie Mazda (-1%)-the weakest Japanese offering-while the Chrysler brand itself suffers a second consecutive 5% slump to 76."

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