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Usually we have this question in mind that “why are Japanese automobiles reliable ?” Everyone has their own perception about which country manufactures the best automobiles. But when it comes to reliability of engines in the automobile industry, Japanese brands continue to lead by example. Japanese automobiles are more durable and standard than the other car makers. The Japanese gained their foothold outside of their domestic automobile market post World War II. They started making strides in some other international markets due to their association with long-lasting vehicles in industry.
Well, now let’s move abit into the past. After facing the World War II catastrophe, the Japanese automobile industry wasn’t ready to replicate the mass production model, pioneered in the States. The reason being that the mass production process was entirely different from the Japanese standards. The issues that the car faced, were only dealt when it came off the line and sometimes, it was too late to be fixed. Japan was trying to get back into the game and was undergoing a rebuilding process. There was almost no room for error and Japan’s automotive employees knew this. On spotting a mistake, the factory workers could stop the entire ongoing production process and will fix it immediately.
Introduction of Toyota production system (TPS) in the Japanese automobile market.
TPS was also known as Just-in-time (JIT) manufacturing or lean manufacturing process. The TPS was an effective and efficient socio-technical system of manufacturing vehicles having minimal wastage throughout the process. TPS was a brainchild of Mr. W. Edwards Deming, an American transferred to Japan to rebuild the country after WWII. This strategy changed everything for the Japanese Automobile Industry as it focused primarily on the product’s quality. Soon the rest of Japan’s car manufacturers understood the gist and the country adopted lean manufacturing process.
However, everything has a downside. The Japanese brands achieved their stellar reliability at the cost of being more conservative while adopting complex new technologies. The American & European manufacturers experienced some reliability issues due to adopting cutting-edge technologies like complex new powertrains, chassis constructions and modern electronics. The Japanese automakers spent their early years making the most out of the limited space available in their commuter cars. They still follow the mantra of maximum interior space and minimal mechanical drama. Japanese automobiles are reliable in the long term but perhaps not all that exciting. When it comes to luxury and quality, cars from Europe manufacturers in particular still outrun them.
Japanese always makes it easy for us !
Manufacturers like Toyota and Honda had no longer have to fix their cars every thousand kilometres or so. They were more reliable, easier to fix and packaged in a much more efficient way. Japanese manufacturers made mechanicals of their cars extremely user-friendly and hassle free. So if you did develop an issue in the middle of a road, you could just pop up the bonnet and fix it with basic toolkits available handy. Japanese automobiles are reliable, affordable and thought of as the gold standard by industry.
There isn’t a second thought that Japanese automobiles are better when it comes to durability & reliability. It’s the restraint that Japanese brands exercise when it comes to changing their productions and adopting unproven new technologies preserving their high reliability ratings. Even if some of them aren’t the most exciting cars around, their reliability isn’t just a stereotype, it’s a mentality.
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