2023 Author: Eric Donovan | [email protected]. Last modified: 2023-11-27 05:39
The Mercedes GLC won the 2020 TÜV report. The SUV from the Stuttgart-based car manufacturer is the vehicle with the fewest defects.
As the current report shows, cars in this country are being driven longer and longer. The average age increased again last year compared to 2018, from 9.4 to 9.5 years. In 2010, the average age was 8.1 years. This also has an impact on the results of the main inspections (HU).
As the new TÜV report shows, the rate of vehicles with significant defects rose by 0.3 percentage points to 21.5 percent. In a further 9.7 percent of the vehicles, the inspectors discovered minor defects that did not make it necessary to re-present them. About one in a thousand cars examined (0.1 percent), that is almost 15,000, were classified as unsafe for traffic and immediately decommissioned.
Check vehicles regularly
"A large proportion of the vehicles on Germany's roads have significant safety deficiencies," said Joachim Bühler, Managing Director of the TÜV Association (VdTÜV), at the presentation of the TÜV report in Berlin. "Owners of older cars in particular should have their vehicles serviced regularly so as not to endanger themselves or other road users."
The younger the cars, the smoother they pass through the HU. For the three-year-olds, the defect rate (significant defects) was 5.8 percent, for the five-year-olds it was 10 percent. Cars at the age of nine were noticed by 22.5 percent and eleven-year-olds even by 28.2 percent.
The TÜV selected the Mercedes GLC as the minor deficiency among the three-year-old test subjects in its 37th report. In its first inspection, the SUV had a complaint rate of just 2.17 percent. But the gap to the following dwarfs was very close: Mercedes SLK and Porsche 911 both occupy second place with 2.2 percent. In all other age groups, the winner is the Porsche 911: the 991 for the five-year-olds and the 997 for the follow-up examinations up to the eleven year olds.
Good grades for German manufacturers
The German carmakers are doing well overall. Among the three-year-olds there are six Mercedes (GLC, SLK, A-, B-, C- and E-Class), Porsche 911 and two Audi cars in the top 10. The Mazda CX-3 was the only import model to make it into the top ten with rank 6.
Mercedes also holds the scepter firmly in hand with the three-year-old best in class. In addition to the GLC in the SUV category, the C-Class, the B-Class in the vans and the A-Class in the compacts win in the middle class segment. In the small car segment, the Audi A1 leads the way, in the minis segment it is the Opel Adam. The complaint rate in this group is between 2.17 and 4 percent.
Dacia Duster at the lower end of the scale
The examiners in the same age group list Dacia Duster (SUV), Citroen Berlingo (van), Dacia Logan (compact class), Ford Mondeo (middle class), Fiat Punto (small car) and Ford Ka (mini) as the worst in class. The rate here is between 9.1 and 13.6 percent. Among the eleven-year-old vehicles, Dacia Logan and Chevrolet Matiz brought up the rear with a complaint rate of a whopping 43.1 percent.
The report notes that the two carmakers are clearly losing feathers across all age groups.
For the report, TÜV used the results of around nine million general inspections carried out between July 2018 and June 2019 among 237 different vehicle models. (SP-X)
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