21 Feb '12, 1pm

For buyers, it's harder to end up with a bad car

For buyers, it's harder to end up with a bad car

This May 31, 2011 file photo shows a detail of the grille of a 2011 Chevrolet Cruze compact car (right) near another Chevrolet Cruze on the lot of a dealership, in Norwood. If you're shopping for a car today, you're less likely to end up with a lemon. -- PHOTO: AP DETROIT (AP) - Car shoppers today are less likely to end up with a bad one. In the past five years, global competition has forced automakers to improve the quality and reliability of their vehicles - everything from inexpensive mini-cars to luxury sport utility vehicles (SUV). The newfound emphasis on quality means fewer problems for owners. It also means more options for buyers, who can buy a car from Detroit or South Korea and know it will hold up like a vehicle from Japan. With few exceptions, cars are so close on reliability that it's getting harder for companies to charge a premium. So automakers are trying ...

Full article: http://www.straitstimes.com/Motoring/Story/STIStory_76902...

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