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Winners and losers in Consumer Reports' auto survey

  • The Tesla Model S (TSLA) racked up the highest score ever recorded in the annual survey of car owners compiled by Consumer Reports.
  • Other automobile brands which showed well in the survey were Subaru (FUJHY), Lexus (TM), and Acura (HMC) - while Ford F and Cadillac (GM) came in weak.
  • Ford's poor performance was due to a large number of owners complaining about the Ford Sync and MyFord Touch in-car connectivity systems.
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  • surferbroadband
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    Good products sell.

     

    Sales = profits.

     

    Profits = stock price.

     

    Any questions.
    25 Feb 2014, 01:59 PM Reply Like
  • Tri Duong
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    1 question.

     

    Where is JP?
    25 Feb 2014, 02:25 PM Reply Like
  • Ford Prefect 1969
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    @tduong11

     

    Where is JP?

     

    One answer:

     

    Down at 9 cents. http://bit.ly/1egqntM
    25 Feb 2014, 02:31 PM Reply Like
  • User 2938581
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    Why don't you mention that RAM received the BEST TRUCK.
    First time in 16 years according to CNBC to beat Ford Truck
    25 Feb 2014, 03:08 PM Reply Like
  • vick4717
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    Ram finished near the bottom in the latest JD Powers survey. If you enjoy visiting the Ram dealership often, then the Ram should be your choice.
    25 Feb 2014, 04:19 PM Reply Like
  • surferbroadband
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    Where is JP?

     

    That beats me!

     

    Nice Rhyme eh!
    26 Feb 2014, 02:44 AM Reply Like
  • Surf Dog
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    This is only the tip of the iceberg!!!
    25 Feb 2014, 02:07 PM Reply Like
  • David at Imperial Beach
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    Iceberg, meet Titanic 1 & 2. Just another reason why (F) is selling for only $15.14 per share; (GM) for $36.10 per share.
    25 Feb 2014, 02:13 PM Reply Like
  • icon149
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    of course Fords market cap is larger... but hey, that doesn't mean anything does it. Only the stock price matters, no reason to pay attention to shares outstanding.
    25 Feb 2014, 08:31 PM Reply Like
  • Grant Dossetto
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    Maybe it's just me since I don't even own an iPod or a smart phone but I can't imagine not buying a car solely because of a car's entertainment system. Talk about first-world complaints.
    25 Feb 2014, 02:19 PM Reply Like
  • Dampflok
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    This is based on the "aha" effect; once the new owners finally figure out the touch pad operations they believe they must be very smart. Of course they must give the car high ratings then. But seriously, great car and irrational exuberant stock valuation are two different things.
    25 Feb 2014, 02:25 PM Reply Like
  • Ford Prefect 1969
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    @Dampflok

     

    What is the difference between a TSLA long and a TSLA short?

     

    Answer:

     

    TSLA longs get to buy the stock voluntarily after due diligence and careful consideration.
    25 Feb 2014, 02:35 PM Reply Like
  • runiter
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    @Ford well said
    25 Feb 2014, 08:30 PM Reply Like
  • bwmaki
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    Epic pump going on. Shouldn't a magazine titled Consumer Reports at least review and pump products consumers can actually afford? Its like saying a Patek Philippe is the best watch.

     

    When you see this kind of media frenzy there's a financial ass whooping coming for the little guy. My guess is its a massive attempt at initiate a short squeeze and to temporarily inflate the share price so Musk can do a huge secondary to try to at least be a player in the world's largest battery factory. A bunch of shorts are going to get burned as the mom and pops fawn over the pump and then they in turn will get burned when the big money has been made and the bubble pops. Maybe you can time it but the odds are way against you.
    25 Feb 2014, 03:01 PM Reply Like
  • billjac
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    bwmaki: Consumer Reports isn't pumping anything. The rating is based on the owner's opinions of the cars or trucks they drive. Read the intro next time.
    25 Feb 2014, 03:45 PM Reply Like
  • bwmaki
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    Oh I see, you ask rich people who have dropped close to a hundred grand on a car with a miniscule market share whether they think they made a good purchase and then you publish the biased results in your magazine! Not a pump?! LOL!!! Bought and paid for.
    25 Feb 2014, 07:53 PM Reply Like
  • chopchop0
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    Do you even know how Consumer Reports operates?
    26 Feb 2014, 09:03 AM Reply Like
  • chopchop0
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    " Bought and paid for."

     

    Except that CR takes no money from companies and actually charges the readers :)
    26 Feb 2014, 09:03 AM Reply Like
  • bwmaki
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    Consumer reports has had employees go to work for companies whose products they favorably reviewed and has business relationships with companies like the WSJ, Amazon, etc. They are as human as the rest of us. Overall I like the magazine very much but when you see the top recommendation is for a car that 99% of their readers can't afford thats based on anecdotal evidence it raises an eyebrow.
    26 Feb 2014, 11:13 AM Reply Like
  • bobbobwhite
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    Detroit junk continues to sell due to a steady supply of ignorant buyers wanting cheap American-made cars, with many of those dopes thinking they are being patriotic by "buying American" Detroit iron is not patriotic, it is a business! Cheap cars in every way...initial cost, engineering, construction, materials, service and reliability. Cheap, cheap, cheap. Junk.
    25 Feb 2014, 03:05 PM Reply Like
  • nelsonsdad
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    As a knowledgeable owner who self-services four GM vehicles, gratuitous bashing of their quality shows a lack of knowledge. The roads are crowded with 15-30 year old Detroit iron. Where are the 30 year old foreign cars? GM broke the code on fuel mileage 20 years ago. All my Chevy Luminas and Impalas get over 30 mpg highway, and 25 around town in summer. These are full sized cars.

     

    For drivers to have trouble with software is understandable. Happily software is correctable and replaceable, and the buyers should have worked with it enough in the showroom to determine whether it met their needs. For software issues to be the "bottom line" on evaluation of what might be otherwise well-designed and executed automobiles exhibits a lack of understanding of the relative importance of the various facets of the product.

     

    CU evaluations have always been rather nutty. My 1972 Renault was marked way down for being the first car with controls on the stalks (confusing). Two years later when Honda came out with a similar system it was lauded as "the latest advance in engineering." I cannot sign off on anything CU concludes. Do your own testing and observation, and trust what you see, not what you read.
    25 Feb 2014, 07:35 PM Reply Like
  • chopchop0
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    Toyotas and Benzes last equally long. I guarantee a diesel benz will outlast any mass-produced GM "product"
    26 Feb 2014, 09:04 AM Reply Like
  • eddy s
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    agree with bobbobwhite. Keep your eye on VW after a tremendous victory in the vote to stay non union. Quality will continue to impress.
    25 Feb 2014, 08:34 PM Reply Like
  • 22643611
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    The only question is (I don't own this stock) will TSLA go up 5, 10, 20, 30 points today?
    By my estimation it will go nuts again today.
    26 Feb 2014, 05:15 AM Reply Like
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