MKZ — DETROIT (AP) — And the winner is ... Japan.
Japanese brands took the top seven spots in Consumer Reports' annual reliability rankings, pushing aside their U.S. and European rivals. Toyota Motor Corp.'s Scion, Lexus and Toyota brands took the top three spots and the Toyota Prius C, a subcompact hybrid, got the best overall score. Mazda, Subaru, Honda and Acura were close behind.
The rankings, released Monday, predict the reliability of 2013 model-year vehicles based on surveys of Consumer Reports' readers. This year, 800,000 people submitted information on 1.2 million vehicles from the 2010 to 2012 model years. The rankings are critical for auto companies, since Americans frequently cite Consumer Reports as a main source of car-buying advice.
Ford and Lincoln, once top performers, plummeted to the bottom of this year's rankings because of persistent problems with glitchy touch screens and bumpy transmissions. Ford was also hurt because three normally reliable models — the Ford Escape, Ford Fusion and Lincolnare all new for 2013, so Consumer Reports couldn't predict their reliability.
Also near the bottom were Chrysler Group's Chrysler, Dodge and Ram brands, which have been getting a fast makeover since partnering with Italy's Fiat three years ago. Consumer Reports says models with more features and more powerful engines, like the V-8 versions of the Chrysler 300 and Jeep Grand Cherokee — had the most issues.
The best-performing U.S. brand was Cadillac, from General Motors Co.
Volkswagen AG's luxury Audi brand made the biggest strides in this year's survey, climbing 18 spots to No. 8. It was the best-performing European brand.
Japanese brands lead Consumer Reports reliability rankings
MKZ — DETROIT (AP) — And the winner is ... Japan.
UPDATE: Northwestern, Chemical banks merge
The Grand Traverse region’s burgeoning economy sparked the proposed merger of Northwestern and Chemical banks in a deal that will cause layoffs.Continued ...
Northwestern Bank reaches sale agreement
TRAVERSE CITY - Northwestern Bank will be purchased by Midland-based Chemical Bank for $120 million cash, the financial institutions said.Continued ...
Editorial: Plan to power Northport with sun, wind worth try
It’s one thing to debate the merits of renewable energy like wind and solar power. But it’s rare to see the concept put to a real-world test like the one planned for Northport.Continued ...
Airline explains canceled flight
Airline passengers on a canceled flight from Detroit to Cherry Capital Airport received bad information when told the Traverse City airport was closed for business, an airline spokesman said.Continued ...
Quartet crosses ice to N. Manitou
A moment of pure terror surged through Tom Bisbee when the ice cracked beneath his feet. The cold came next as he plunged into the frigid waters of Lake Michigan nearly 1.5 miles from the nearest piece of dry land.Continued ...
Weber leads East Jordan past St. Francis
Three games, three wins. The East Jordan Red Devils rolled into Traverse City and beat St. Francis for the third time this season, handing the Gladiators a 67-57 loss in a Class C regional semifinal Monday night.Continued ...
Letters to the Editor: 03/11/2014
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Oilers drill Titans, 74-53
Traverse City West's remarkable run came to an end in Cadillac. Mount Pleasant opened the second half with a 22-2 run to blow open a previously-close Class A regional semifinal en route to a 74-53 victory Monday.Continued ...
3 injured in separate crashes
A Mayfield man remains hospitalized after a snowmobile crashed into a shore station at a frozen southern Michigan lake.Continued ...
Panthers advance, 70-51
Frankfort ended a 37-year drought last March when it won a Class D regional here.Continued ...
Kingsley oil well erupts in flames
A mechanical problem likely sparked a spectacular eruption of flames from an oil and natural gas well near Kingsley, a Michigan Department of Environmental Quality official said.Continued ...
Givens, Schrank earn first-team All-State
Traverse City Central forward Cam Givens and defenseman Derek Schrank were selected first-team Division 2 All-State by the Michigan High School Hockey Coaches Association.Continued ...
Attic fire damages East Bay Township home
A fire destroyed most of an East Bay Township home’s roof before firefighters extinguished the blaze.Continued ...
Rec authority seeks facility manager
The joint recreational authority of Traverse City and Garfield Township won’t wait for a $650,000 makeover of the Cathedra Barn to start planning events.Continued ...
Community in Brief: 03/11/2014
Women At Risk (WAR) Jewelry Sale; Grand Traverse Academy offers "A Day in the Life of a Kindergartner" program; and more.Continued ...
Today in Sports: 03/11/2014
What's happening in sports across the region and the nation:Continued ...
Cadillac beats Escanaba
Jalen Brooks scored 26 points to lead Cadillac to a 55-52 win over Escanaba in a Class B regional semifinal played at Petoskey.Continued ...
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High School Sports Scoreboard: 03/04/2014
A roundup of prep sports scores from across northern Michigan, including results from today's girls regional basketball tournament games:Continued ...
UPDATE: Ruling will force someone to reimburse TCAPS for violation
It’ll cost someone $25,600 to rectify the distribution of an illegal Traverse City Area Public Schools campaign flier, but who’s on the hook for that money remains unclear.Continued ...
TC native joins Team Blake on TV's 'The Voice'
Traverse City native son Ryan Whyte Maloney finally can spill the beans: He’s a bona fide contestant on “The Voice.”Continued ...
TCAPS fined $25,600 for illegal mailing
An illegal campaign flier that touted Traverse City Area Public Schools' 2012 bond millage will require a $25,656 repayment to the district, the Michigan Secretary of State's office determined.Continued ...
TC Central stuns Petoskey, 50-49
Traverse City Central’s boys basketball team has practice on Tuesday. Early in Monday’s Class A district tournament opener against Petoskey, Central head coach Jeff Turner figured he would be collecting jerseys instead.Continued ...
Editorial: Leaf pickup decision won't settle privatization debate
The issue: TC commissioners reject privatization idea. Our view: The debate is likely not over.Continued ...
Lake ice blamed for deep freeze
More relentlessly cold temperatures and relatively calm winds allowed Lake Michigan to regain ice cover, reaching around 90 percent coverage yesterday.Continued ...
Grad students to help Leelanau Twp. switch to renewables
Jeremy Good hopes to build a career on renewable energy. The University of Michigan graduate student has worked on small solar projects but nothing on a larger municipal level.Continued ...
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