Sunday, June 26, 2022

PEOPLE’S CAR Britain’s favorite car brand has changed for the first time in 12 YEARS – and it’s not what you’d expect

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WE LOVE cars here in the UK – for a relatively small place and a recent pandemic, we still registered 1.6million new ones in 2021.

But something even more surprising happened last year: our favorite brand changed for the first time since 2009.

For the past 12 years, we’ve chosen a Ford more than any other manufacturer, but according to a study by, the tide has now turned.

Ford has slipped to fourth place, the first three places are now occupied by German manufacturers.

First up is Volkswagen, which achieved an impressive 8.92% of total registrations in 2021.

Audi and BMW came in second and third with 7.1% and 7.03% of registrations respectively.

The remaining top 15 manufacturers in 2021 were, in this order: Ford, Toyota, Mercedes, Vauxhall, Kia, Nissan, Hyundai, Peugeot, Skoda, Land Rover, Volvo and Mini.

The Vauxhall Corsa is the most popular car model in the UK, accounting for 2.48% of all UK vehicles registered. That is 0.46% more than the Volkswagen Golf in second place (2.02%).

By 2021, 3 in 10 (29.01%) of vehicles registered in the UK were made by a German manufacturer, including Volkswagen, Audi, BMW and Mercedes.

In 2009, however, Volkswagen was the only German brand in the top 5 most popular manufacturers in Great Britain, with a market share of 8.04%.

Volkswagen, BMW, Mercedes and Audi now account for 40% of the top 10 most popular brands.

Historically, Fords have always been the most popular choice among British drivers. From 2001 to 2008 the Ford Focus was the most popular car with over 5% market share.

This was then overtaken by the Ford Fiesta in 2008 when over 1 in 20 (5.80%) of vehicles registered in the UK were a Fiesta.

Since then, the Fiesta has gradually lost popularity, with the Vauxhall Corsa (2.48% market share) and Volkswagen Golf (2.02%) overtaking in 2021.

Alex Kindred, auto insurance expert at said, “When getting a quote for auto insurance, the type of car you drive is an important consideration for insurers.

“That comes into play especially when you look at the repair costs. Typically, cars from manufacturers with a higher production rate could be cheaper to insure.

“That’s because parts are much easier to source and therefore make the whole repair process cheaper.”

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