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AutoPacific Vehicle Satisfaction Results – Japanese Brands On Top

The AutoPacific 2006 Vehicle Satisfaction Awards honor products in nineteen categories or segments. Nine categories are cars and ten are trucks.
Overwhelming Win by Japanese Brands in Satisfaction by Vehicle Type
Overall, owners of Japanese brand vehicles rate their cars or trucks at the top of their category in ten of the nineteen categories. Owners of European brand vehicles rated their vehicle tops in two categories – Volkwagen Passat in the Premium Mid-Size Car Category and the MINI Cooper in the Image Compact Car class. The American Big Three had five wins… Lincoln Navigator won it all with the highest rating of any vehicle – car or truck; Cadillac CTS, Mercury Milan, Chevrolet Corvette, Chevrolet Silverado Heavy Duty. OK, that leaves two winners unaccounted for… those are from Hyundai.
The Hyundai Azera is the top rated car, even beating top class luxury cars like the Lexus LS430, jaguar XJ, BMW 7-Series and Mercedes-Benz S-Class. The Hyundai Santa Fe is the top rated Mid-Size SUV for the fifth time in its six year history… this win comes just months before it is replaced by an all new Santa Fe to be produced in America.
Japanese Brands – 10 with Suzuki having its first ever win
American Brands – 5 with Chrysler Group having zero wins
European Brands – 2
Korean Brands – 2
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  • John Wallace| June 8, 2006 at 6:15 pm

    The buying public is just plain ignorant; e.g., the Lexus is just a dolled up Toyota Camry, and the Accord is a gussy-ed up Honda. Fancy seats and different emblems, and in the case of the over-priced Bust My Wallet (BMW) cars the 320aeiou letters/numbers has been copied by the Asians on such names as Infiniti 330M Special 439 G etc., etc. Nonsense. Then there’s the Chevy Aveo(or is that a Daewoooo sold to Suzuki,then to Kia then to Chevy?? Can anyone keep these straight? Or are we looking at Generic Asian Small, Medium or Large, forget the actual brand.The survey on “luxury cars” did not include Maybach, Bentley or Rolls Royce. All you folks had were imposters.

  • urquhart| May 20, 2006 at 9:22 pm

    OK, where are the Europeans? MINI and Passat win their classes based on the results but where are BMW, Mercedes and Audi. Are these cars just getting too complex for their owners to be really satisfied with them? That the Hyundai Azera is the top rated car is incredible. I’ve driven one and it is really “pleasant” but not real special. It’s surely not a European Sport Sedan.
    Still, I come back to the Europeans. Why aren’t they doing better?

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