MOT pass rates put made-in-Swindon Hondas in fast lane for reliability

May 7, 2014

Honda’s Swindon-built cars – regular winners of awards for reliability and build quality – have also this week emerged as the models most likely to get through their MOTs.

Consumer champion website Honest John named Honda as the top-performing manufacturer in its comprehensive analysis of MoT pass rates.

The site’s analysis of 24.5m MoT records revealed that an average of 87% of Honda cars passed their first MoT compared to a national average of 80%.

The Swindon-built Jazz supermini, pictured, and CR-V SUV topped the model leader board with 90% passing their MoTs first time round.

And Honest John also named the Jazz as the best used car for under £4,000, with it achieving an 84% first-time MoT pass rate.

Honest John managing editor Dan Powell said Honda’s scores should come as no great surprise.  

“Indeed, the revolution in UK manufacturing is rooted in Japanese working practices,” he said. “Today the UK leads the world in car building, with the British-built Jazz and CR-V paving the way.”

Honda (UK) head of cars Leon Brannan added: “Taking top marks in this report and to also see our British built cars, the CR-V and Jazz, significantly outperforming the national average is very welcome news and a testament to the workforce at our manufacturing facility in Swindon.

“It’s results like these, together with the recent 2014 Auto Express Driver Power Survey – which named the Jazz as the most reliable used car – that do the talking for us, demonstrating and reinforcing our reputation for reliability and excellent build quality. We are incredibly proud of this reputation, it is one we are keen to uphold and keep delivering on long into the future.”


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