Subaru Leads for Fourth Straight Month in TrueCar.com's September 2012 Performance Scorecards for Manufacturers and Brands Subaru, Toyota, BMW, and Jaguar Land Rover Receive Top Grades by Manufacturer; Nissan, Mitsubishi, Suzuki, and Volvo Suffer the Lowest Grades

SANTA MONICA, Calif., Oct. 16, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- TrueCar.com, the authority in new car pricing information, trends and forecasting released its Performance Scorecards grading automotive manufacturers and brands for their performance in the month of September. The Performance Scorecards grade each manufacturer and brand on eight different measurements including pricing, sales, incentives, customer loyalty, market share, and days in inventory.

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Overall, the top manufacturers on the Scorecards in September were Subaru, Toyota, BMW, and Jaguar Land Rover. Near the bottom of the list were Nissan, Mitsubishi, Suzuki, and Volvo. The brands that received the highest grades were Subaru, Scion, Land Rover, Toyota, and Lexus. The brands with the lowest grades were Smart, Jaguar, Volvo, Mitsubishi, and Suzuki.

The manufacturers with the largest gains, from August 2012 to September 2012 were:

  • Porsche moved from an C+ to a B
  • BMW moved from an A- to an A

The manufacturers with the steepest declines, from August 2012 to September 2012 were:

  • Jaguar Land Rover moved from an A to an A-
  • GM moved from a B to a B-
  • Ford 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

Subaru

A+


1

Volvo

D+

2 (tie)

Toyota/BMW

A


2

Suzuki

C-

3

Jaguar Land Rover

A-


3 (tie)

Nissan/Mitsubishi

C








Highest Grades by Brand


Lowest Grades by Brand

Rank

Brand

Grade


Rank

Brand

 Grade

1 (tie)

Subaru/Scion

A+


1

Suzuki

D-

2 (tie)

Land Rover/Toyota/Lexus

A


2 (tie)

Volvo/Mitsubishi

D

3 (tie)

FIAT/Jeep/BMW

A-


3 (tie)

Mazda/Smart/Jaguar

D+

For more information on the Performance Scorecards, visit blog.truecar.com

About TrueCar, Inc.

TrueCar, Inc., headquartered in Santa Monica, Calif., with offices in Santa Barbara, Calif., San Francisco, Calif., and Austin, Texas, is an automotive pricing information and analysis company that creates a better buying experience for dealers and consumers.  As an online publisher of unbiased new and used car transaction data, TrueCar.com provides price reports that empower dealers and consumers to agree on the parameters of a fair deal by supplying a transparent, simple understanding of what others recently paid for identically-equipped new cars in their geographic area.  TrueCar also owns ALG, the benchmark for vehicle value information to the automotive industry and has been forecasting residual values for nearly 50 years in both the U.S. and Canadian markets.

TrueCar is a data-driven company that sources, compiles, and analyses car-buying information unlike anybody in the industry.  This is why, since its founding in 2005, TrueCar dealer partners have sold over 600,000 vehicles across the country.  Its national network of more than 4,700 Certified Dealers is committed to provide no-hassle pricing for some of the country's largest membership and service organizations, including American Express, AAA, USAA and Consumer Reports that collectively represent more than one million monthly in-market customers.

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Disclaimer

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SOURCE TrueCar.com



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