JAPANESE manufacturers have hammered home their reputation for reliability in an exclusive survey of Britain's fleet cars.
This year's FN50 survey of the nation's biggest contract hire and leasing companies - out tomorrow - reveals that Toyota, Honda and Lexus compete for the top honours in both the most reliable manufacturer and the most reliable model in this year's survey.
The number of vehicles covered in the most reliable manufacturer survey has topped 790,000 vehicles, while the most reliable models survey covered more than 500,000 vehicles.
Only multi-marque leasing companies were included in the survey, covering the most reliable cars according to the number of breakdowns per 100 models on their fleet. Points were awarded according to the number of times vehicles or models appeared in tables supplied by leasing firms and for the position in which they were placed.
Toyota and Honda take the top honours in the manufacturer survey this year, with Toyota clinching pole position as the most reliable manufacturer and Honda only just behind.
Lexus, the luxury arm of Toyota, comes third, while the first German brand to appear is BMW in fourth. Mercedes-Benz follows closely on fifth, followed by Nissan in sixth, Ford in seventh, a good performance for a volume manufacturer, and Mazda, a Ford-owned company, in eighth.
Rounding off the top 10 is Audi in ninth and Mitsubishi in 10th place.
The Honda Accord took the top spot as most reliable model, moving up from fourth place last year.
The Toyota Avensis is close behind in second place, followed by the Lexus IS200 and Toyota Yaris, with the Mercedes-Benz E-class rounding off the top five. Other models just missing out on the top-five include the BMW 3-series, Toyota Corolla, Ford Ka, MINI and Ford Mondeo.
Top 3 most reliable cars
1. Honda Accord
2. Toyota Avensis
3. Lexus IS200