Saturday 16 December 2017

Ford Focus is top seller, but people prefer Volkswagen

Mr Bean’s Mini was Wexford’s second favourite famous car.
Mr Bean’s Mini was Wexford’s second favourite famous car.

THE favourite car in Wexford is a silver Ford Focus, but local drivers' car maker of choice is Volkswagen.

That's according to new research from Wexford-based company DoneDeal, which claims to be the most visited website in Ireland for buying and selling cars.

Latest stats from the small ads site reveal Volkswagen as the most popular brand of cars placed on DoneDeal in September. As well as Wexford, VW tops the league table in 15 other counties. Toyota is the second most popular car marque on DoneDeal, topping the table in the West in particular, in Limerick, Galway, Clare, Mayo and Cork.

But the most popular car in Co. Wexford is not a Volkswagen, the honour falling to the Ford Focus, ahead of two Volkswagen models – the Golf and Passat.

DoneDeal also reveals that Wexford drivers have a taste for silver. It's the most common colour of cars placed on the website by Wexford sellers, followed by blue, black, red and grey in that order.

The top five most searched for cars on DoneDeal across Ireland in September were BMW at number one, followed by Volkswagen, Audi, Honda and Mercedes Benz. The Volkswagen Golf was the highest selling car on the website in the same month, followed by the VW Passat, Ford Focus, BMW 3 Series and Toyota Corolla.

It's no surprise that four of the five are German, as respondents to an online survey carried out by DoneDeal through September also revealed a preference for German marques.

The survey found that across Ireland 57% of respondents believe that Germany produces the best cars, with Japan in second place on 31%.

The trust in German cars was expanded upon with 16% of respondents saying Audi was the car they would pick if they had to drive one car brand for the rest of their life, followed by BMW, Volkswagen and Mercedes all on 12%.

'When it comes to searching for cars across the rest of Ireland Germany really leads the way,' said Cathal Cremen, DoneDeal's commercial manager, commenting on the research. 'Our top four searched for terms in the car section are 'BMW', 'Golf', 'Passat' and 'Audi A4' respectively. It seems the cliché about German engineering being the best holds true with people in Ireland.'

The survey also revealed some interesting observations made about what people get up to in their cars.

More than seven in 10 (71%) have spotted motorists picking their nose in their cars. An even higher number (76%) have spotted motorists fixing their hair and make-up in their vehicles and checking themselves out in the mirror (75%). When it comes to relieving stress after a tough day at the office the survey found that 72% of people in Ireland love to sing in the car to help relax after a trying day.

When questioned on their favourite famous cars, 61% of those surveyed cited the indestructible Toyota Hilux from Top Gear as their favourite. The nearest rival to the Hilux was Mr Bean's Mini, getting 19% of the vote. This was followed by Del Boy Trotter's three-wheeler Reliant Regal Van and the notorious Fiat Cinquecento owned by Simon from 'The Inbetweeners', both garnering 8% of the vote.

There may be a new 'Dumb & Dumber' movie on the way but Lloyd and Harry's Doggy van was the least popular car for Irish people, with only 5% of those surveyed naming it their favourite.

Wexford People

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