Japan dominates Consumer Reports Annual Auto Reliability Rankings, US and Europe gaining [UPDATE]

Japan dominates Consumer Reports Annual Auto Reliability Rankings, US and Europe gaining [UPDATE]

October 29, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Acura , Audi , BMW , Buick , Chrysler , Dodge , Ford , GMC , Honda , Infiniti , Jeep , Lexus , Lincoln , Mazda , Mercedes-Benz , Mini , Nissan , Scion , Subaru , Toyota , Volvo , Ram Consumer Reports has released its annual Auto Reliability Rankings, and surprise of surprises, Japan is dominant. Among brands in 2014, Lexus , Toyota and Acura make up the top three marques, while Mazda , Infiniti , Honda and Subaru sit fifth, sixth, eighth, and tenth, respectively. For those keeping track at home, Japan’s dominance wasn’t complete, though. Audi’s 2014 models helped the German brand jump from eighth to fourth, while Volvo saw a massive, 13-spot improvement, to seventh overall. Even GMC got in on the action, jumping three places, to ninth. Outside of the top 10, America, Europe and Japan saw more mixed results. Scion took the biggest tumble of any brand, falling ten positions to number 11, while Subaru , though still in the top ten, dropped five spots (coincidentally, CR had nothing good to say about Subaru and Toyota’s joint venture, calling the BRZ and Scion FR-S each brand’s least reliable vehicle). Nissan fell nine places to number 22 overall. BMW and Mercedes-Benz each climbed one place, to fifteenth and thirteenth, respectively. The big earners, though, besides Volvo, included Buick , which jumped nine places to number 12.

Japanese TV show pits MX-5 against BRZ and FR-S at Twin Ring Motegi

Japanese TV show pits MX-5 against BRZ and FR-S at Twin Ring Motegi

April 30, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Convertible , Coupe , Japan , Videos , Mazda , Scion , Toyota A Japanese motoring show, complete with titles in comic fonts, put three racing pilots behind the wheels of the Mazda MX-5 Miata , Subaru BRZ and Scion FR-S (Toyota 86, in this case) for three laps of the 2.1-mile East Road Course at Twin Ring Motegi. Of course the segment producers know that putting the 167-horsepower roadster against the 200-hp coupes isn’t exactly fair, so they gave the Mazda a small head start of about three grid positions. Ex-sports car racer Takayuki Kinoshita handles the Mazda, former open-wheel pilot Naoki Hattori drives the BRZ, and former Le Mans-class winner Keiichi Tsuchiya gets fast and loose in the FR-S. The drivers offer copious on-track commentary, but it’s in Japanese. That said, watching the MX-5 try to stay in front and watching Tsuchiya start drifting are universal gearhead languages. You’ll find the action after the jump . Continue reading Japanese TV show pits MX-5 against BRZ and FR-S at Twin Ring Motegi Japanese TV show pits MX-5 against BRZ and FR-S at Twin Ring Motegi originally appeared on Autoblog on Sun, 29 Apr 2012 20:01:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink

Jacksonville Results

Jacksonville Results

March 22, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Jacksonville Results HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. (March 19, 2011) – With the horrific events of the past week in Japan continuing to create new challenges seemingly every day without rest, the Muscle Milk/Toyota/JGRMX Team arrived in Jacksonville, Fla. with these special patches sewn on the back panels of Justin Brayton’s and Davi Millsaps’ SHIFT pants. The letters read “Kibo,” which means to have hope. Joe Gibbs Racing continues to keep everyone suffering in Japan in their prayers, including racing partners Toyota, Yamaha, and RK/Excel, all of which have parent companies headquartered in Japan. One of the newer stops on the tour, EverBank Field has only been on the circuit three years. The Muscle Milk/Toyota/JGRMX Team was on hand for Friday’s Press Day event, with Justin Brayton and Davi Millsaps speaking with several local news reporters about the race beginning at 5:00 a.m. on Friday. An example of one of the subsequent features can be viewed via the following link: http://www.firstcoastnews.com/news/article/196820/3/Update-VIDEO–Supercross-Revs-Up-at-EverBank-Field. After avoiding the dreaded last chance qualifier (LCQ) all season long, Justin Brayton had the misfortune to crash during the first lap of his heat race forcing him to attempt to qualify from the LCQ with a badly bruised knee.

Indianapolis Results

Indianapolis Results

March 18, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Indianapolis Results HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. (March 13, 2011) – A huge crowd of 60,789 was in attendance for round 10 of the AMA Supercross Championship at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Ind. The fans not in the stadium were able to watch the action live on SPEED. All season Davi Millsaps and Justin Brayton have been fortunate to transfer into the main events from their heat races skipping the dreaded last chance qualifier, and last night was no exception as they both went directly to the main from the heats. When the gate fell for the main event Brayton and Millsaps began the race inside the top-10. Millsaps charged into fifth position with Brayton just behind during the early laps. Millsaps slid out on the loose track surface briefly going down. After re-mounting, still in the top-10 he came up short over a triple jump jamming his wrist and thumb. With more than half the race to go, Millsaps soldiered through the remaining laps to earn 11th. Meanwhile, by lap eight, Brayton had raced into fifth position.

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