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Ford Tops Car Rankings While Obama’s GM Takes Hit

SANTA MONICA, Calif., April 18, 2012 /PRNewswire/ – TrueCar.com, the authority in new car pricing, trends and forecasting released its Performance Scorecards for automotive manufacturers and brands. The Performance Scorecards grade each manufacturer and brand on eight different measurements including pricing, sales, incentives, customer loyalty, market share and days in inventory.

Overall, the top manufacturers on the Scorecards in March were Hyundai, BMW, and Ford. Near the bottom of the list were Mazda, Jaguar, and Smart. The brands that received the highest grades were Hyundai, Scion, Kia, and BMW. The brands with the lowest grades were Mazda, Jaguar, and Smart.

The manufacturers with the largest gains, from February 2012 to March 2012 were:

  • Mitsubishi moved from a C to a B
  • Ford moved from a A- to an A+
  • Jaguar Land Rover moved from a B to a B+
  • Subaru moved from a B- to a B
  • Toyota moved from a B- to a B+
  • Daimler moved from a C+ to a B

The manufacturers with the steepest declines, from February 2012 to March 2012 were:

  • GM moved from an A to a C+
  • Honda moved from a B+ to a C
  • BMW moved from an A to a B-
  • Suzuki moved from a B- to a C-

Below are the highest and lowest manufacturer and brand rankings by TrueCar.com:

Highest Grades by Manufacturer Lowest Grades by Manufacturer
Rank Manufacturer Grade Rank Manufacturer Grade
1 Ford A+ 1 Mazda D+
2 Hyundai A 2 Suzuki C-
3 Jaguar Land Rover A 3(tie) Honda/Volvo C
Highest Grades by Brand Lowest Grades by Brand
Rank Brand Grade Rank
1 (tie) Hyundai A+ 1 Smart D-
1 (tie) Ford A+ 2 (tie) Infiniti D
2 (tie) Land Rover A 2 (tie) Mazda D
2 (tie) Scion A 3 (tie) Suzuki D+
2 (tie) Dodge  A 3 (tie) GMC D+
 3 (tie) Acura D+

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