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TÜV SÜD: Safety issues are no for lenience

The winner of the 2014 Report is the Opel Meriva. one in around 25 of these mini-vans a trip to the garage before it its seal of roadworthiness approval. But a further winner, too: safety. The 2014 report is the to show the impact of the new German test, which involves new of faults and a standardised tree for categorising them. Since stricter rules have in place for safety-relevant faults, many faults formerly as minor have been The average rate of significant is now at 24.9 per cent, with still the most defect-prone although slight improvements are in here despite the introduction of rigorous criteria. Only 0.1 per of vehicles in the inspection lanes not roadworthy, maintaining last figure.

The new roadworthiness inspection standardised ‘fault tree’ has now in force in Germany for over a It forms the basis of calculations for the TÜV Report. Over million roadworthiness tests from the second half of to the first half of 2013 on than 200 different car models analysed for the report the largest investigation of used cars. new features have been in roadworthiness testing? A clearly evaluation procedure with ‘fault tree’ structure now results to be compared more In addition, the spotlight is turned on faults, which are now automatically as ‘significant’ by motor vehicle As an example, heavily corroded cables are now always categorised as a fault that must be before the roadworthiness sticker can be On the other hand, some were reclassified as less a classic example is that of cracks in a drive shaft which now need not automatically a vehicle from obtaining its sticker. Bernhard Kerscher, CEO of SÜD Auto Service comments, The new fault tree is a for enhanced safety. However, continues to be our main worry. Our is maintenance, maintenance, maintenance independent checks carried out by the themselves!“

Zero hour for fault

As a result of the new procedure, the results changes from the 2013 and from the old calculation methods. In these are: a five-per-cent (60.7/55.1) in the number of fault-free a rise of almost five per in the average rate of significant (20/24.9) and a significant decline of ten percentage points in the average of minor faults (24.9/14.3). The clearly reflect the new standards; the new approach to safety-relevant faults and the new definitions themselves have led to of ‘minor faults’, with five percentage points this sector now falling the category of significant faults and into the category of fault-free Kerscher sums up, These clearly demonstrate the effects of the new for evaluation. It represents zero for fault rates; in other no comparisons with last figures are made in this

Lighting: the hour has already

Lights are classified as safety-relevant the new leave no scope for lenience. are therefore compelled to classify that are too low, non-functioning fog lamps or defective reversing as significant faults that be remedied for the vehicle to pass its test. As a result, the number one of complaints will come even closer scrutiny; has topped the list of faults for and is only now showing a slight towards improvement. The new results that 7.0 per cent of three-year-old appear in a ‘bad light’ in the lanes, and the situation is even for eleven-year-old vehicles, where one in 24.9 per cent proves to lighting faults. However, is slowly dawning. Experts the improvement is primarily due to lower to voltage fluctuations and longer spans of modern lighting such as Xenon. Widespread of on-board diagnosis systems ensures that failures are sooner and lamps can be replaced Kerscher notes, Now that faults are no longer subject to rapid improvement will be noticeable. Headlamps are now designed so they can be replaced by any driver, and new simplicity of design is actually in law.

Celebrations in Rüsselsheim

This ‘Golden Sticker’ for the best car to the Opel Meriva. Only 4.2 per of these mini-vans, produced in reveal significant faults in first roadworthiness test. The German-Spanish vehicle replaces year’s winner, the VW Polo. podium winners in the 2014 are the Mazda 2 with Silver per cent) and Bronze for the Toyota IQ at 4.8 per The Audi Q5 and the Mazda 3 that these positions last still made it into the top ten year the Audi Q5 in fifth (5.5 per cent) and the Mazda 3 in (5.7 per cent). Taking a glance at the future of mobility, the Prius hybrid-drive holder of the Sticker in 2011 and 2012 is its stamina over long winning the four-to-five-year and six-to-seven-year in 2014.

Bringing up the rear are a few familiar the Dacia Logan (19.4 per seems to be a permanent fixture, almost one in five cars a trip to the garage after first roadworthiness test. to last was the Fiat Panda per cent), and third to last the C4 at 16.6 per cent.

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Seniors no plans to go quietly

Tests of vehicles showed that electric is the best choice for in the four to five-year-old category, was topped by the Toyota Prius per cent). Second place was by the Ford Kuga (7.8 per closely tailed by the Porsche in third place at 8.1 per cent. As for cars, the Dacia Logan again trailed at the bottom of age group with a fault of 28.9 per cent. The Toyota headed the category of six-to-seven-year-old at 9.9 per cent, beating the Porsche 911 per cent) from last first place into The top three in eight-to-nine-year-old vehicles the Porsche 911, Toyota Verso and Toyota RAV4. The category (ten to eleven old) was very similar: 911, Toyota RAV4 and Corolla. They evidently no need to fear comparison newer models; according to the TÜV Report, an eleven-year-old experiences fewer defects a three-year-old Dacia Logan.

The TÜV Report is published year by the Association of German Organisations (VdTÜV) and is one of the most independent guides for drivers and of used cars. It includes all of roadworthiness tests carried out by organisations in Germany in the 2014 Report, this amounted to eight million tests between July 2012 and 2013. As the largest provider of testing, TÜV SÜD results from around million vehicle inspections.

Information : The 2014 TÜV is available (in German only) at SÜD service centres and retailers from Friday 6 2013 and costs EUR 4.50.

pictures on the theme of ‘roadworthiness can be downloaded from the image (Category: Mobility / sub-category: Inspection/Sticker): www.tuv-sud.com/pressphotos .

All information the 2014 TÜV Report can be at www.tuev-sued.de/tuev-report-2014 (only available in

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