out-BMW BMWという表現はOthelloが書いているように、シェイクスピアのハムレットのIt out-Herods Herod. （暴虐さがヘロデ王にまさる）に由来し、「…よりはなはだしい, をしのぐ」という意味でしたね。ここはBMWが使われている用例です。
Japan cars sweep Consumer Reports' top
The rankings are critical for auto companies because Americans frequently cite Consumer Reports as a main source of car-buying advice.
Ford and Lincoln, once top performers, plummeted to the bottom of this year's rankings because of persistent problems with glitchy touch screens and bumpy transmissions. Ford was also hurt because three normally reliable models — the Ford Escape, Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ — are all new for 2013, so Consumer Reports couldn't predict their reliability.
Also near the bottom were the Chrysler Group's Chrysler, Dodge and Ram brands, which have been getting a fast makeover since partnering with Italy's Fiat three years ago. Consumer Reports says models with more features and more powerful engines, like the V-8 versions of the Chrysler 300 and Jeep Grand Cherokee, had the most issues.
The best-performing U.S. brand was Cadillac, from General Motors Co.
Volkswagen's luxury Audi brand made the biggest strides in this year's survey, climbing 18 spots to No. 8. It was the best-performing European brand. Glitch-free new models like the A7 sedan got high marks from Jake Fisher, Consumer Reports director of automotive testing.
"They're out-BMWing BMW, easily, in terms of the driving dynamics," he said.
Electric cars also got impressive results. The all-electric Leaf was Nissan's best performer of any type, partly because its electric motor has fewer parts than a gasoline engine, Fisher said. The Chevrolet Volt — an extended-range electric car that has both an electric system and a conventional engine and transmission — also got the highest score of any GM vehicle.