Toyota has achieved 17 Top 10 ratings in the 2011 Auto Bild TÜV Report, with eight models in the 5 different vehicle age categories (2-3, 4-5, 6-7, 8-9 and 10-11 year old). This makes it the most successful brand listed.
With only eight and 10 Top 10 ratings respectively, the second and third placed brands trail by a significant margin, reinforcing the exemplary quality standards of Toyota vehicles.
The full hybrid, high-technology pioneer, the Prius, proved the most reliable car in its class. With only 2.2% of all vehicles tested in the main inspection revealing any defect whatsoever, Prius secured first place with the lowest defect rate amongst two to three year old vehicles.
This success has been achieved in the context of some eight million TV inspections over the past 12 months, providing the strongest evidence yet of the quality, durability and reliability of Prius and its Hybrid Synergy Drive powertrain.
Close behind the Prius, the Toyota Auris was awarded second place in the same category, with a defect rate of just 2.3%. In the Brakes, Suspension, Lights and Environment inspection categories, neither Prius nor Auris demonstrated any significant weaknesses. And they both recorded defect levels far below the TV report's 5.5% average.
The same applies to the Corolla Verso. Having won first place in the 2009 TV report for two to three year old cars, the Verso secured a 2011 win for cars in the four to five year old class, with a defect rate of only 4.2%.
An impressive fourth place went to the Toyota Avensis. With an average defect rate of 10.4% for vehicles in this age category, the Avensis rated just 5.0%. Older Avensis models also displayed above-average reliability. TV discovered defects in only 7.6% of the six to seven year old vehicles tested, corresponding to fifth place.
The RAV4 followed in sixth place, with a rate of 7.8%, and the Toyota Corolla eight, with 9.0%. Toyota's outstanding performance in the 2011 TV Report continued with older age vehicles. In a category with an average defect rating of 21.4%, eight to nine year old RAV4 models achieved third place with a rate of 10.2%, and the Yaris fourth place with 12.7%. With 14.4% and 14.5% respectively, the Corolla and Avensis also achieved top 10 rankings.
Toyota performed equally well in the ten to eleven year old vehicle category. With an industry average defect rating of 26% for cars of this age, the RAV4 recorded just 10.5%, securing second place, while Yaris (13.9%), Corolla (14.9%) and Avensis (16.6%) were also all placed amongst the top seven models.
Published by German automotive trade magazine Auto Bild, the annual TV Report provides a comprehensive, long-term overview of vehicle quality and durability. It serves as an important guide for buyers of both new and used cars.
This year's outstanding performance by Toyota in every vehicle age category reflects the exceptional reliability of the brand, reinforcing the company's commitment to the highest possible quality across its entire model range.
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