DEKRA Report 2012: Astra and Insignia Get Top Marks for Quality

  • Opel Astra with fewest faults is overall winner
  • Third successive victory for Opel
  • Insignia scores best result for mid-size cars again

Dekra Award

Rüsselsheim. The Opel Astra is the vehicle with the fewest faults according to the results of the “DEKRA Used Car Report 2012”. With an index of 96.9 percent, the Opel Astra achieved the top result of all tested cars in the category “best individual ranking”. This success gives Opel its third victory in three successive years. In the previous two years, Opel already had two winners – the Corsa (2010) and the Insignia (2011).

This time the Opel Insignia was narrowly beaten by the Astra and comes second in the “best individual car” ranking. However, the Insignia scored a fault index of 96.0, giving it the best result in the mid-size segment. Competitor models were beaten by a considerable margin. “The fact that our brand has the best car in the DEKRA report for three years in a row is further proof of the high quality of our vehicles,” said Alain Visser, Opel/Vauxhall Vice President Sales, Marketing and Aftersales Europe. “”We are committed to delivering reliability, one of our core values at Opel.”

DEKRA generates its annual used car report by conducting precise assessments in eight vehicle classes and three kilometer reading ranges. The report is based on data from 15 million inspections made on 230 different models. DEKRA only considers typical faults associated with used cars such as corrosion of the exhaust system or play in the suspension so that an accurate judgment about the longevity and durability of the vehicles can be made. Faults that are mainly associated with servicing such as the usual wear and tear on tires or windscreen wiper blades are not taken into account.

DEKRA is one of the world’s leading organizations in terms of expertise in the areas of safety, quality and the environment. The company has 24,000 employees and is active in more than 50 countries.