Japanese vehicles still setting the standard

If you're looking for a way to reduce your fleet maintenance costs, you may want to source your next vehicles from the Far East.

Japanese cars are still the most reliable in the world, according to a recent report.

Honda came out on top for an incredible eighth consecutive year in a survey by What Car? magazine and British warranty specialists Warranty Direct.

The Tokyo-based company pipped local rivals Suzuki to first place in the survey's top 10 list.

In total, automakers from the East Asian nation take up seven spots in the list.

With Korea's Hyundai claiming the third spot, the only names on the list from outside Asia are Ford and Chevrolet.

At the bottom end of the survey, luxury brands Bentley, Land Rover and Porsche were rated the least reliable.

What Car? editor-in-chief Chas Hallett offered some insight into what makes Japanese cars so desirable.

"Reliability is one of the key attributes that buyers look for when looking to make a used purchase, so manufacturers that can demonstrate that quality will always fare well," he said.

"Honda's success in the reliability stakes is down to low failure rates, and when cars do go wrong they're easy and cheap to fix."

The sturdy build and longevity of Japanese makes such as Honda and Toyota have never been a secret.

Combined with their renowned reliability and efficiency, Japanese cars remain as affordable as ever, making them a tempting option for any fleet manager.

Investing in an effective fleet management program will allow you to bring the best out of your vehicles, alerting you when servicing is required - although that is unlikely to be a major issue with the Japanese models in your fleet.