American cars top 2013 quality awards

May 16, 2013 12:00 AM

For the first time in more than 10 years, more American-made cars earned recognition from Strategic Vision's Total Quality awards than foreign automobiles. Awards were given based on the performance of individual models in different segments, as well as reported problems and auto repair needed by drivers, The Wall Street Journal reports.  

"For the first time in over a decade our comprehensive and complete study of Quality resulted in more domestic winners than imports," said Alexander Edwards, president of Strategic Vision.  "... Domestics are running in the tight race also, and it's now forcing all manufacturers to build the most superior, innovative and holistically quality vehicles possible to gain the hearts and minds of the customer."

U.S. companies such as Chevrolet and Ford garnered awards like the best premium convertible, for the Chevrolet Corvette Convertible, and the best midsize car, for the Ford Fusion. 

Despite the dominance of domestic cars, some foreign brands did manage to stand out. Volkswagen was voted as the best overall company, while Audi and Lexus earned honors as the best individual brand, AutoBlog reports. 

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