German automakers top U.S. magazine brand rankings

German automakers top U.S. magazine brand rankingsBy David Shepardson WASHINGTON (Reuters) – German automakers dominated Consumer Reports’ annual ranking of automotive brands released on Tuesday, with Volkswagen AG’s Audi leading the pack, while U.S. brands continued to lag despite gains for many. Jake Fisher, director of auto testing at the magazine, said German automakers rose largely due to improvements in reliability. “Building one or two great vehicles is achievable, but making a whole lineup of excellent ones is much more difficult,” Fisher said.

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