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Toyota leads Japan charge in new Consumer Reports survey

DETROIT -- Japanese brands took the top seven spots in Consumer Reports' annual reliability rankings, pushing aside their U.S. and European rivals. Toyota Motor Corp.'s Scion, Lexus and Toyota brands took the top three spots and the Toyota Prius C, a subcompact hybrid, got the best overall score. Mazda, Subaru, Honda and Acura were close behind.

The rankings, released Monday, predict the reliability of 2013 model-year vehicles based on surveys of Consumer Reports' readers.

This year, 800,000 people submitted information on 1.2 million vehicles from the 2010 to 2012 model years.

The rankings are critical for auto companies, since Americans frequently cite Consumer Reports as a main source of car-buying advice.

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