Ford Motor Co
The second-largest U.S. automaker fell to No. 20 from tenth place a year ago, according to Consumer Reports' annual survey on reliability released on Tuesday, after its new Explorer SUV, Fiesta subcompact and Focus compact scored below average.
Japanese brands took the top nine spots on the list, led by Toyota Motor Co's <7203.T> youth-oriented Scion brand. The Toyota brand finished at No. 6, the same as in 2010.
Automakers compete hard for placement on the magazine's annual list of recommended models. The survey is seen as a factor in influencing the decisions of American car shoppers.
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South Korea's Hyundai Motor Co <005380.KS> and Germany's Volkswagen AG
Consumers complained about Ford's new technologies, such as its entertainment system, known as MyFord Touch, and the automated-manual transmission used in the Fiesta and Focus.
First-year blues as Ford rolls out the new systems played a role in its dropping the most of any major automaker in the study this year, David Champion, senior director of Consumer Reports' Automotive Test Center, said in an interview.
For a major manufacturer to drop that far, it is concerning, Champion said.
(Reporting by Deepa Seetharaman; Editing by Gary Hill)