Japanese Brands Grab Top 3 Slots in U.S. Auto Reliability Rankings

Economy

New York, Nov. 14 (Jiji Press)--Japanese brands dominated the top three slots in U.S. magazine Consumer Reports' annual auto reliability rankings released Thursday.

Toyota Motor Corp.'s <7203> Lexus luxury brand was rated as the most reliable, followed by Mazda Motor Corp.'s <7261> Mazda and the Toyota brand.

In fourth and fifth positions were Porsche, the luxury sports car brand of German automaker Volkswagen AG, and South Korean automaker Hyundai Motor Co.'s Genesis luxury brand, respectively.

Among other Japanese brands, Subaru Corp.'s <7270> Subaru was ranked seventh. Nissan Motor Co.'s <7201> Nissan came 11th and Honda Motor Co.'s <7267> Honda 12th. Mitsubishi Motors Corp.'s <7211> Mitsubishi was 20th.

The rankings were based on reviews from owners of more than 400,000 vehicles.

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