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Nissan moves up in the reliability stakes.

Nissan's Almera Tino is the most reliable mid-range people-carrier, and the X-Trail is the most reliable 4x4, according to the Consumers' Association.

Only seven cars achieved a perfect 100 per cent score, with two Nissan models claiming their places as Britain's most reliable.

The Sunderland-built Almera and Primera models also feature in the top half of the table with above average scores.

This means that in the overall reliability ratings table, Nissan moves up one class to join the group of most reliable cars since last year.

The Consumers' Association says that Japanese brands dominate the top of the table with few models suffering from reliability problems, even though they are actually made in the UK, as are some Toyotas and Hondas.

The survey ranks car makes for overall reliability as well as the breakdown rates for each particular model up to two years old.

Cars with no breakdowns or starting problems during the previous 12 months score 100 per cent. However, whilst the Almera scored 98 per cent, and the current Primera managed 95 per cent, it is actually fractionally less impressive than the previous model, which managed 96 per cent.
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Geographic Code:9JAPA
Date:Aug 9, 2003
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