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Tesla Model S named Consumer Reports’ top auto pick

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Electric luxury car Tesla Model S was named by Consumer Reports magazine on Tuesday as its overall top pick for 2014, while Japanese models took just five of the top 10 spots, their worst showing in the 18-year history of the annual rankings.

The Ram 1500 was named the top pickup truck, the first time a Chrysler model has cracked the top picks list since 1998. In a separate ranking of brands, however, Detroit automakers had the four lowest scores of 23 brands rated.

South Korean automaker Hyundai , and German brands BMW and Volkswagen’s Audi had models topping the 10 Consumer Reports vehicle categories.

“The competition in the marketplace has grown fierce. There was a time when a handful of brands dominated our top picks list, but in recent years we’ve seen a more diverse group make the cut,” Rik Paul, Consumer Reports’ automotive editor, said in a statement.

The top picks were chosen from more than 260 vehicles tested by Consumer Reports for reliability, safety and road-test performance.
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