Honda Tops What Car? Reliability Survey, Honda Accord Turns 30

By: Anthony Fontanelle

Honda Accord in the UK will be celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. More than 15,800,000 units of the Accord were sold worldwide for its four decades in the market -- making it as one of the most popular cars in the world.

The very first Accord was sold in the UK in the year 1977 but was initially introduced in Japan and in the US. And after seven generations of good response from buyers, the Accord has finally emerged into an important corporate model equipped with the latest technology, great driving performance, a diesel engine, and a reputation for reliability and quality.

Honda has scheduled for the next-generation Accord to go on sale in the UK in the summer of 2008 while production versions of both Saloon and Tourer versions are to be unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show in March.

For this year, the Accord is part of the highly recommended of What Car? Reliability survey and was awarded as the "Most Reliable Model" in the Fleet News' respected industry survey or the FN50.

The decades of success obtained by the Accord is reflected by its continuous growth in the corporate sector in which 62 percent of all Accord UK sales goes to the fleet users. The corporate sales of Accord have increased by five percent year-on-year.

According to Harvey Hughes, Manager-Corporate Operations, Honda (UK), "We have a growing customer base and the popularity of Accord has helped to drive this. The new Sport GT we launched in September embodies all that the Accord stands for - high spec and great value for money."

Honda Tops Used Car Survey
Aside from the 30th anniversary of Honda Accord, the producer of high quality , Honda has another reason to celebrate because it tops the British survey of used car reliability for the third consecutive year that is, basing on the announcement made by the automaker's Qatar distributor.

According to the Doha Marketing Services Company (Domasco) six of the top 10 vehicles in the survey conducted by What Car? are Honda models.

This survey is conducted annually in partnership with the independent British warranty provider Warranty Direct that analyzed data from over 35,000 vehicles, including 26 manufacturers and 133 different models with average number of faults per 100 cars produced.

The results: Honda's CR-V was ranked second with a total of five faults found per 100 cars. The other five Honda models included in the top 10 vehicles of What Car? reliability survey are as follows:

&bullHonda HR-V (1999-2005)-- 3rd place
&bullHonda S2000 (1999-2005)-5th place
&bullHonda Civic (1996-2001)-7th place
&bullHonda Accord (1999-2003)- 8TH place
&bullHonda Civic (2001-2005)-9th place

And of course if there is the reliable list there is also the least reliable list of cars with 97 faults per 100 cars. Warranty Direct Managing Director Duncan McClure Fisher said that basing on the survey it doesn't mean that if a vehicle cost more it is reliable. "The more mechanically and electronically complicated a vehicle, especially if it's of European origin, the more likely you are to suffer problems."

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