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Date added: 07 August 2003

Swindon-built Hondas top reliability survey 

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Swindon-built Accord achieves
100% reliability
The Honda factory in Swindon is celebrating the news that the car manufacturer is among just seven car brands to be rated "Best" in Which?* magazine's annual car reliability survey, published on 7th August 2003.

Furthermore, both the Swindon-built Honda Accord and Japanese built Jazz models achieved a 100% breakdown free record, a feat achieved by just five other car models.

Other models manufactured at the South Marston plant also performed exceptionally well in the survey, with the current Civic and CR-V models both achieving 99% reliability, and the previous model CR-V achieving 98%.

The survey looked at breakdowns (or failures to start) experienced over a 12 month period by owners of cars up to two years old. Some 33,000 Which? members took part in the survey, including 1707 owners of Honda cars less than two years old.

Overall Which? found that around one in 20 new cars were likely to have broken down during the last year, with the worst performing model having a breakdown rate of one in four. Asian brands predominantly occupied the "Best" category (Smart was the sole European representative), while the "Poor" category was dominated by French, German, Italian , British and Swedish marques.
 
Honda CR-V
Highly rated:
Honda CR-V
Honda's feat represents a continued improvement over the previous year's result. In 2002 all of the Honda models featured in the "winners" area of the survey exceeding the industry average 94% reliability score. The Honda HR-V was among just 7 cars to achieve a 100% breakdown free reliability. Other scores were Civic (new) - 99%, CR-V (old) - 98%, Accord (new) - 97% and Civic (mid) - 97%.

Which? Magazine's new car reliability survey, which details the full results on 138 different car models is to be published in October's Which Car? 2003/04 issue.

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