Report: Asian cars best, European worst

Nov. 9, 2004 at 12:10 PM

DETROIT, Nov. 9 (UPI) -- The latest Consumer Reports' review of 2005 model year cars shows Asian brands the best and European ones the worst, the Detroit News reported.

The magazine's New Car Preview 2005, released Tuesday, found among the 32 vehicles considered most reliable, 29 were built by Japanese companies.

Toyota Motor led the pack with 16 models, while Honda Motor had seven models on the most reliable list.

General Motors was the only U.S. company to make the most reliable list, scoring with its Pontiac Grand Prix and soon-to-be-discontinued Buick Regal.

Of the 38 models in the least reliability category, 20 were European, 13 were built by U.S. companies and five were Asian. Among the least reliable: the Ford F-150, the Volkswagen Touareg SUV, Jaguar X-Type sedan, BMW 5 Series sedan, Nissan Quest minivan and the Mercedes-Benz SLK roadster.

The survey reflects a poll of some 5 million car and truck owners, who answered questions about problems with their vehicles during the past three years.

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