's Top 10 Automotive Surprises of 2010’s Top 10 Automotive Surprises of 2010

The automotive industry has seen a couple of nasty, tumultuous years recently with bankruptcies, bailouts and closures of storied U.S. brands. This year saw its fair share of turmoil, too, from Toyota’s ongoing recalls to Ford’s axing of Mercury. What probably surprised us the most was the amount of good news that’s come out this year: notably, the renaissance happening at Buick, Kia and Hyundai.

Top 10 Automotive Surprises of 2010

By Colin Bird | December 1, 2010 | Comments (3)
Tags: Top 10s


Scott J

A huge THANK YOU for not subjecting me to yet another slideshow! Scrolling is the best way to consume top ten lists. Props.


I think you could have mentioned how BMW's Twin Turbo engine went from hero to goat in 2010. A recall for a fuel pump problem and complaints of turbo lag put BMW in the position of having to replace the twin turbo power plant it had heavily promoted with a single turbo mill for 2011, which will offer better performance and hopefully won't light the check engine as frequently as the current engine.

I am very big fan of Ford. The 2011 Ford Fiesta ranks 1 out of 32 Affordable Small Cars. This ranking is based on the analysis of 25 published studies and test drives of the Ford Fiesta, and our analysis of the safety and reliability. The party has features rarely seen in the class of subcompact / compact car, the heated seats available for the Ford SYNC system in an air bag for the drivers knees. But what sealed the deal for many buyers is the economy of the Fiesta fuel type hybrid. Ford says it should get 30 miles per gallon city and 40 mpg on the highway. These figures are close to offering what many hybrids, but the party will cost much less.

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