Weekly News Roundup
¡Hola Señor Ford!, New Quality Awards, Big Oil: It’s Everyone’s Problem, SUV Values and Pickup Sales Deflate, New Side-Impact Crash Scores
Don’t think that Mexican-made will automatically mean substandard quality: the Ford Fusion is built in Mexico, and won top honors in a new survey released this week by San Diego-based research firm Strategic Vision. According to survey respondents, the Fusion is the best medium-sized car on the market. The results of the 2006 Total Quality Awards also show that imports are dominating traditional domestic strongholds, while the Detroit Three are gaining ground in the traditional car segments. While the Fusion took top honors in the medium car segment over stalwarts like the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry, the Honda Ridgeline beat out the best-selling Ford F-150 in the full-size pickup category. Other winners from Honda included the Civic and the Odyssey, while General Motors fielded the greatest number of domestic winners – including the Chevrolet Corvette and Saturn VUE. BMW took the best brand slot for the seventh time in eight years, while Volkswagen received recognition for the best overall model lineup.