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Audi tops US Consumer Reports rankings despite emission scandal

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LUXURY carmaker Audi was named best brand in the US by Consumer Reports despite the emissions-cheating scandal engulfing its parent company, Volkswagen AG.

The German maker of the A6 sedan beat out rivals such as Lexus, Porsche and BMW through a combination of consistently excellent road tests and owners reporting few trips to the mechanic, according to the magazine.

"We're seeing consistency over the last several years of Audi getting it right," Jake Fisher, Consumer Reports director of car testing, said. "They're combining good reliability with good performing vehicles, and that's why they're on top."

The 2016 rankings, released on Tuesday, influence car buyers and are published in the...

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