The best engines in the world?

If we take a look at the lists that are published every year with the most reliable cars on the market, Japanese engines take most of the top positions. Subaru, Mazda, Nissan, Honda, Toyota… In 2016, to give a close example, seven of the ten most reliable brands in the automobile world were Japanese, while two were European and only one American. In 2013, they were 8 out of 10. Such figures are not achieved by chance. Behind such an absolute domain there is an exhaustive work of many decades in which the Japanese automotive industry has set the course in terms of technology and reliability. But why? Let’s try to answer the million dollar question. How are Japanese engines made? Not all Japanese cars are manufactured in Japan, much less, since the globalization of the automobile industry affects all brands. But it is true that the strategies are marked in the Japanese management offices and that is where it is noted that an engine is Japanese: in quality. Japan has specialized for decades in achieving reliable and durable engines, betting on research and technology. The components of its engines are of the highest quality not only in luxury models, but in virtually all business lines. Only in this way is it possible for affordable vehicle brands to lead the reliability statistics worldwide. Japanese engines, gasoline and hybrids It is no coincidence that Japanese manufacturers have specialized in gasoline cars and, for a while, in hybrid engines. Diesel vehicles are not welcome in the country of the rising sun, since their legislation is very demanding in terms of pollution. In fact, the sale of diesel engines for several years became prohibited. It is not surprising, therefore, that there are many fewer diesel models of Japanese builders than gasoline and some brands, such as Toyota or Nissan, have already announced that they stop manufacturing such vehicles. Japanese vs. European cars Those who like simplification have it clear: if you want a diesel car, bet on a European; If you are looking for a hybrid, a Japanese. And if you like gasoline vehicles, things are more even, but better a Japanese than a European. But not only in the engines are the differences: when deciding on one or the other market, drivers are increasingly looking for technological advances installed in cars and there, historically, the Japanese have an advantage: they are always the first to Offer the latest and the rest of competitors often lags behind their novelties. Japanese cars break down less The main reason for manufacturing an engine with the highest quality is that the user has no problems with the car. Therefore, Japanese authorities must be happy when the builders in their country lead again and again the most reliable vehicle rankings. In the last study of the OCU in Spain in 2018, the cars that suffered the least damage were the Japanese. Four of the five brands that lead this ranking are Japanese: Lexus, Honda, Toyota and Mitsubishi. In between only Porsche slipped. Special mention for the electronic section: 19% of the most frequent breakdowns in a car are caused by an electronic failure, a figure that goes up to 27% if we count the problems in the engine electronics. In this, the Japanese are also leaders and their engines are the least mistakes in this section. Luxury brands do not fail If Japanese factories are synonymous with guarantee, the luxury brands of each are even more so. Nissan created Infiniti, with which it has positioned itself in the most expensive automotive sector offering a quality product. Honda is leading in the United States with its Acura brand, aimed at the wealthiest pockets and providing its vehicles with the latest technology. But the best known worldwide is Lexus. Toyota’s luxury brand is a benchmark in the global automotive industry and leads rankings and rankings of reliability in dozens of countries around the world. They combine design with the latest developments in motorization and …


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