Japanese cars 'most reliable'

03-07-2007

Japanese cars 'most reliable'
Japanese cars are the most reliable in the world while European models trail behind, according to a new poll.

Tokyo-based Honda saw off its rivals to be named as the manufacturer of the most reliable new vehicles in a survey of car owners by consumer group Which?

An overall reliability rate of 86 per cent was achieved by the company in the poll of over 93,000 drivers.

Fellow Japanese carmaker Toyota followed closely behind with 85 per cent, while six Far Eastern car makers, including Daihatsu, Mazda and Suzuki, battled it out for third place after they all achieved 82 per cent.

British firm Land Rover came in at the bottom of the list with just 68 per cent, trailing both French company Renault and Italian manufacturer Fiat.

The company's Land Rover Discovery 3 was ranked as the least reliable new model, with the 4x4 scoring an error-prone rating of 79 per cent.

In contrast the Honda Jazz achieved a score of 96 per cent to be named as the most reliable new car in the poll, which combined information from respondents about breakdowns, faults and "niggles" with their vehicles.

Commenting on the results, Which? Car editor Richard Headland said: "Honda is setting the benchmark in car reliability and it’s up to other manufacturers to raise their standards to match.

"Several Far Eastern car makers are hot on its heels, but European manufacturers still have some catching up to do," he added.



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