Ever wondered if some motors fail their MOT more than others? Course you have, but it has taken a Radio 4 journalist and a request under The Freedom of Information Act to get to the truth.

The Today Programme asked me to comment and sent through the stats last night. Basically, vans fail really often, Vauxhall Corsas aren’t too far behind and there is a whole bunch of French cars (Renaults and Peugeots) not far from the top of the list.

Interestingly, these were not old nails but vehicles registered in 2004 and tested for the first time in 2007.

Without getting into the mass of detail that VOSA supplied, out of 11,027 Lagunas tested 5517 failed.

Compare that with the Saab 9-3, which has a similar automotive footprint, and of the 11,147 tested, only 1549 failed. Or of the 18,551 Corollas tested just 2322 got the MOT tester’s shake of the head.

Indeed the bottom seven of the list (ie the least number of test failures, and therefore best performing) are all Japanese. This pretty much bears out my default recommendation of anything Japanese these days for a stress-free motoring life, which in turn is backed up by warranty based stats such as the reliabilityindex.co.uk.