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Britain's favourite cars revealed...

Britain's beleaguered motor industry got a boost today when four UK-built cars made it into a top 10 list of most-satisfying models.

The four - the Honda Civic, Toyota Avensis, Toyota Corolla and Jaguar S-type - got the thumbs up from car owners in a customer satisfaction index from marketing information services company JD Power and What Car? magazine.

Also, the Oxford-based Mini company and Midlands-based Jaguar were in the top 10 of manufacturers in the index published today.

'The British motor industry is still building great cars,' said What Car? editor David Motton. He went on: 'Brands like Honda, Jaguar, Mini and Toyota demonstrate that with the right investment and management, British-built vehicles can be a pleasure to own.'

Japanese models continued to dominate the customer satisfaction rankings which were based on the evaluations of nearly 15,000 UK car owners after an average of two years of ownership.

Top model for customer satisfaction was the Lexus IS, followed by the Honda Jazz and Suzuki Liana.

Bottom of the list of 105 models was the Ford Galaxy. The lowest-placed UK built model was the Land Rover Discovery in equal 100th place. The manufacturers table was topped by Lexus for the sixth year running, with Honda second and Skoda third.

Frank Parisi, director of European automotive research at JD Power, said: 'Over the past year, customer satisfaction across the industry has improved by five index points.

'The main reason for this is a substantial improvement in satisfaction with the performance of the UK's car dealers when the customer takes their car in to be serviced or repaired.

'This year, 24 of the 30 ranked brands have shown an improvement in this area, which is a very encouraging trend.'
These were the top 10 models, with points out of 100:

1 Lexus IS - 86.8

2 Honda Jazz - 86.1

3 Suzuki Liana - 85.6

4 Honda Accord - 85.4

5 Toyota Yaris - 84.6

5 Skoda Octavia - 84.6

7 Honda Civic - 84.3

7 Toyota Avensis - 84.3

9 Toyota Corolla - 83.9

9 Jaguar S-Type - 83.9

These were the bottom 10 reading down to the last placed Ford Galaxy:

95 Alfa Romeo 147 - 76.0

96 Citroen Berlingo - 75.8

97 Kia Rio - 75.7

98 Daewoo Kalos - 75.4

99 Citroen C2 - 75.3

100 Ford KA - 75.0

100 Land Rover Discovery - 75.0

102 Fiat Stilo - 74.5

103 Ford Focus C-Max - 74.4

104 Peugeot 307 - 72.3

105 Ford Galaxy - 71.7

This is how the 30 manufacturers who were surveyed finished up:

1 Lexus - 87.3

2 Honda - 84.8

3 Skoda - 84.2

4 Toyota - 83.8

5 BMW - 82.0

5 Mini - 82.0

7 Jaguar - 81.9

8 Subaru - 81.6

9 Volvo - 81.5

10 Hyundai - 81.3

11 Audi - 80.8

12 Volkswagen - 80.7

13 Mazda - 80.6

14 Nissan - 79.6

15 Mercedes-Benz - 79.5

16 Suzuki - 79.0

17 Saab - 78.4

18 Vauxhall - 78.2

19 Ford - 78.1

19 Renault - 78.1

21 Seat - 77.8

21 Kia - 77.8

23 Daewoo - 77.3

24 Alfa Romeo - 76.6

25 Peugeot - 76.4

25 MG Rover - 76.4

25 Fiat - 76.4

28 Mitsubishi - 76.3

29 Land Rover - 76.2

30 Citroen - 75.9