Thursday, June 3, 1999 Published at 02:47 GMT 03:47 UK
Business: The Company File
Popular cars 'are least reliable'
Leading car manufacturers fared badly in the survey
Some of the biggest-selling makes of car in the UK are the least reliable, according to a Consumers' Association survey.
Big names such as Ford and Rover came out worst in a manufacturers' reliability league table in the association's Which? Car 1999 publication.
"Too many new cars still suffer from faults and problems, there's a huge difference between the best and worst manufacturers."
Coming out best in the table, which assessed cars on breakdowns, faults and problems, were Honda, Mazda, Proton and Toyota.
The findings were based on replies from members of the Consumers' Association.
They were also asked if they would recommend their car to a friend.
Again, leading manufacturers fared badly, with Ford, Vauxhall, Citroen and Rover in the bottom four places in a list of 32 car companies.
The big-name companies' individual models did not rate highly with members either.
Ford could at least take some comfort from the fact its Ka model was among the most-liked superminis, while the Vauxhall Vectra was the most secure car in tests carried out by Which?
The magazine also listed its own "best buy" vehicles.
The best superminis were the Volkswagen Polo and the Ford Fiesta, while the best small family cars were the Volkswagen Golf and Toyota Corolla. Toyota also took the large family car accolade for its Avensis.
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