Monday, July 30, 2012

Everyone wants the best car. It's just that the definition of 'best' differs. It could be related to the car's performance, the value it offers, the mileage or its speed.




German models: Reliable and sophisticated

The history of Germans and their cars dates back to the year 1889 and ever since, they are known to produce reliable and sophisticated cars. In fact, for many years, the history of German cars was synonymous with the history of cars in general. Still today, brands like Porsche are looked up for their performance value and German cars are admired for their speed and quality. They're also a major economic factor: Currently the world's number three behind GM and Toyota, Volkswagen is on it's way to becoming the world's largest car manufacturer through their recent acquisition of the Porsche AG.
German cars are exclusive and can be custom-made as well. The high price tag and the luxurious interiors indicate the complete package that a German car offers the car buyer. Making a style statement with each of their brands, Audi, Mercedes-Benz, Volkswagen and Audi, these cars offer the luxury that wealthy people aspire to and dream of possessing.

The Japanese car industry: Exceeding standards

Through years of consistent quality improvements, Japanese brands like Honda and Toyota are today almost meeting or occasionally even exceeding the standards set down by the Germans. The Japanese IS250 engine with its dual fuel supply and impressive power, for example, has arguably taken a lead over the BMW 325 engine.
The Japanese car industry, like it's German counterpart, also have some exciting and sporty cars on offer, including the Lexus LFA and Scion FR-S. Both of these cars offer drivers formidable control over their vehicle and a second to none performance.
If one goes through the figures, Toyota Corolla is even the highest selling sedan, while Honda CR-V is the highest selling SUV in the world.

The Comparison

The question whether German cars or their Japanese counterparts are industry leaders has been a discussion point for many years. Both sides boast of numerous facts to support their claim:

- Japanese cars have consistently performed well when it comes to mileage and value. A high mileage, both on road and on highways, offers fuel economy which in turn is easy on your pocket.
- If you are looking for a hybrid car, most buyers will currently go for a Japanese model. German manufacturers have ignored the new technology for too long, however, they should be able to catch up within the next 2 years.
- In terms of value for money, the Japanese models are slightly ahead of their German counterparts.
- Looking at the resale value of a used car, a German model will pretty much always trade in at a higher value compared to a Japanese car.


Depending on your personal definition of quality, you may consider a Japanese or German brand as the ideal car for you. One thing's for sure, though: Competition between German and Japanese car manufacturers has improved cars in general - and considerably raised the bar for anyone claiming to build the 'best' car in the world.


Author Bio:
Written by car enthusiast and motor-blogger Riley Lambert. Riley is known for his passion for "everything motor" and often writes for on- and offline publications in the UK and US. This article has been written in association with Concept Car Credit. The company is based in Manchester, UK, and has been selling used cars accompanied by affordable finance packages for over a decade. If you like to find out more please visit the website conceptcarcredit.co.uk.

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