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Wissmann: German cars have the best long-term quality

How good the quality of a car is can be seen not only on the day it is bought, but above all in the following years of daily use. In 2016, just under 3.4 million new cars were registered in Germany. In terms of volume, the used car business is more than twice as large with 7.4 million changes in ownership. According to the DAT Report, the question of the reliability of the vehicle is the number one priority for anyone looking to buy a used car. Only then do the purchase price and appearance follow.

Who builds the best quality cars? The recently published TÜV Report 2017 and the DEKRA Used Car Report, which was presented in the first quarter of 2016, offer a reliable ranking.

In the TÜV Report 2017, almost 9 million of the legally required main inspections were evaluated, without influences such as prestige, price or origin of the vehicles. The result gives the German models excellent marks: the top 5 two- to three-year-old cars tested by the TÜV are all models from German manufacturers. 1st place is shared by Mercedes-Benz GLK and Porsche 911, 3rd place Mercedes-Benz B-Class, 4th place Mercedes-Benz A-Class, 5th place Mercedes-Benz SLK. But that's not all: of the top 20 in this category, 19 models belong to German group brands, including Opel Adam, Audi Q5, BMW X1 and VW Golf Plus.

In the four- to five-year-old cars, too, the top 5 vehicles all come from German manufacturers: Mercedes-Benz SLK, Audi A6 / A7, Audi TT, Audi Q5, Porsche 911.

The long-term quality of German models is also dominant in the six- to seven-year-old cars: three of the top 5 include: Porsche 911, Audi TT, BMW X1. Even among the "older semesters" (eight to nine year olds, ten to eleven year old vehicles), the Porsche 911 takes first place.

The DEKRA Used Car Report 2016 shows a similar picture, in which the DEKRA experts evaluated the results of a total of around 15 million general inspections over two years. 474 models were considered. There were three groups in each of nine vehicle classes, depending on the mileage (0 to 50,000 km; 50,001 to 100,000 km; 100,001 to 150,000 km). Only defects that are really relevant for the evaluation of vehicles were taken into account. Defects that are typically attributable to the owner (e.g. insufficient care of the car) and less to the vehicle itself were not taken into account.

In this comprehensive evaluation, the German brands set the tone: They got 18 out of a total of 27 top ratings. These include models from Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Opel and Volkswagen. The winners for quality and reliability in five of nine vehicle segments (upper middle class / luxury class, sports car / convertible, off-road vehicle / SUV, van, small transporter) come from Germany: Mercedes-Benz CLS, Audi A6, Mercedes-Benz SLK, BMW Z4 , Audi TT, Mercedes-Benz M-Class, Audi Q5, Mercedes-Benz B-Class, VW Sharan, Opel Combo, VW Amarok.

The title “Best of All Classes” - this is the vehicle that achieves the best results on average across all vehicle classes and all three mileage ranges - was won by the Audi A6 ahead of the Mercedes-Benz E-Class and the Audi Q5.

“Both reports show the outstanding position of the German automotive industry in terms of quality. In total, the data from 24 million main inspections were evaluated. Clear result: These are German models that have the best reliability and long-term quality. It is noteworthy that the German models do particularly well not only in the individual age groups, but also in the higher mileage ranges - from 50,000 to 150,000 kilometers. The basis for this success is the high research and development expenditures of our manufacturers and suppliers over the entire value chain. In addition, quality management is a top priority at our company. Our manufacturers and suppliers have equally high demands on their own performance when it comes to the major innovation topics of electromobility and digitalization, ”emphasized Matthias Wissmann, President of the German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA).