British Workers Build Great Cars

27 October 2006 #SMMT News

The survey of 111 models revealed this week that Japanese manufacturers are top of the charts again with Honda keeping hold of its number one position, closely followed by Lexus, the luxury arm of Toyota.

Congratulations are also due to the thousands of British workers responsible for building some of the most reliable cars on our roads today. The Honda Accord, which was top, was built here until 2002 and the Honda Civic, which runner-up, was also constructed in the UK.

Other British-built cars in the top 10 are the Nissan Micra in fifth and the Jaguar X-type in seventh place. The Oxfordshire-built MINI is ranked eighth in the survey and with the new MINI appearing in showrooms shortly, the used MINI is a great buy.

The now-defunct Rover would have been proud to see a couple of its vehicles fare well: the 45 finished 11th and the 25 was a couple of places down in 13th place overall.

‘It is possible to improve the reliability of your car, simply by being kind to it – follow the service schedule and keep on top of routine maintenance. Be suspicious of any strange noises or unusual handling and get them investigated – they could be the start of something expensive,’ commented Steve Fowler.

38,000 vehicles were surveyed with an average age of 4.9 years.

Full details in attached press release.


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