Civic-to-Passat-to-Caravan Buyers Dismiss Consumer Reports

Civic-to-Passat-to-Caravan Buyers Dismiss Consumer Reports

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Line inspection workers check out a Volkswagen AG 2012 Passat at the company's factory in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Models such as Volkswagen AG’s Passat and Honda Motor Co.’s Civic, which lost Consumer Reports’ coveted recommended status in August 2011, are among some of the biggest gainers in the U.S. auto market this year.