Japanese Cars Still the Most Reliable

By Mike | 29th July 2011 | Category: Suzuki | Leave a comment

When it comes to vehicles, the Japanese have been doing something right for quite some time. Outperforming many of its competitors, companies like Toyota as well as Honda have not simply been leading green innovation but also creating some of the most efficient and best performing vehicles on the planet. A recent report shows that in reliability surveys it also completely obliterates other corporations, especially those found in the European market.

A study conducted by Warranty Direct has placed nearly 50,000 different vehicles into one large context, gauging how like they will fail as well as the cost of repairs. Based on the study, eastern vehicles have dominated the top 10 places on the list. Of these cars, those that perform the best are found between the age of 3 and 8 years.

The list has praised the works of many Japanese vehicles. Honda has had a high success rate with only 1 in 10 going wrong, pointing to the Honda Jazz that has only a 8% fail rate and a average bill costing around £200. Toyota has also done very well with only 13% fail rate.

On the list, Britain has not fared well. 2002 Range Rover is at the very bottom of the list, with nearly 50% of the cars having some fault with them within a 12 month period, costing an average owner roughly £500 poorer. Land Rover has also done abysmally, with 55% of things going wrong within the same period.

Other European manufacturers are also found quite low on the list, with Alfa Romeos as well as Renaults.

Many underperforming manufactures have vehemently denied all these accusations. Land Rover representatives suggested that the list didn’t represent the currently high rate of success of their modern line. Similarly, Alfa Romeo pointed to other surveys that have stated that the company is steadily improving its reliability. Not to be overshadowed, Renault suggested that the claims are simply inaccurate.

Whatever the position may be, most surveys conducted, including the “What Car?” released several weeks ago, suggest that Japanese vehicles are some of the best in the world. Whatever the companies have been doing, they have figured out a great formula and stuck with it. Even this writer remained skeptical; yet, the statistical data does seem to indicate quite a strong relationship between the quality and reliability of Toyota as well as Honda. Let us hope that European manufactures can take onboard some of the innovative ideas of these Japanese and implement them into our vehicles.

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