German cars are amongst the least reliable, and Japanese cars amongst the most dependable, according to an industry survey.
German manufacturers took four of the bottom six places in a reliability table based on the experiences of 50,000 UK car owners.
By contrast, Japanese manufacturers took four of the top six places.
The findings fly in the face of Germany's traditional reputation for engineering excellence.
That reputation was used by Audi in its advertising catch-line "Vorsprung durch Technik" - or "progress by technology".
Luxury car-maker Bentley, owned by Volkswagen, wa