Consumer Reports lists 59 used cars as good bets. The ratings are based upon the overall performance of the cars with respect to reliability as well as other factors. Of the 59 cars, 4 are American designed and manufactured:1. Buick Regal 2. Chevrolet Prizm 3. Lincoln Town Car 4. Pontiac Vibe. The remaining 55 are all Japanese designed cars – some of which are actually assembled in the United States! So why can’t American manufacturers make an equally good product? This has been the case for decades and despite the claims of parity, there doesn’t appear to be a significant gains in overall quality.
Someone stated "do more research": the information concerning the "used" cars was gathered from Consumer Reports Online on November 22,2007. The question states "used cars" not new cars.
Also, just to be clear, I am pro American cars (I owned a 2001 Oldsmobile Aurora with 102k on the clock before trading it in): however, the statistics gathered do show that, on average, American cars depreciate faster than Japanese cars. Also, German cars, Swedish cars and Korean cars do not do as well as Japanese cars.
It’s just how the market works and it’s not necessarily to sell the product again since it will last longer. Someone has to take the high quality and someone has to take the low quality cars, there is room for just 2. The japanese and the germany cars took the high quality and long lasting cars, the others on where american brands are included are the lower quality and build with cheap materials which also helps on making a good looking car but affordable. If the american cars try to improve their quality their price will be higher as well, which will be competent to the price of the japanese, since the names in the market have been already established, people wont buy american cars for the price of a japanese car since it will last longer, as a matter of fact american cars now must be lower in price, they have to be built with cheaper materials hence their quality wont be superior (sometimes they can be good quality cars, but the market is not just the quality itself, is the name and the brand people have in their minds and that is a difficult thing to change). To finaly answer your question, is just how the market is organized and works perfectly fine for their industries, this doesn’t mean foreing companies make more than local companies, probably the one selling low quality cars has the market better organized and is more profitable, which is what really counts.