Sep 262014
 

GermansWhen it comes to searches on Auto Trader, German brands dominate. Collectively the top four brands accounted for 34.2% of searches on the site. Of these, cars made by BMW and Audi headed the list, making up one in five of all site searches. Volkswagen and Mercedes had a further 15% of search volumes between them.

Most searched for – by brand in August

Top searched car makes August Share
1 BMW 10.3%
2 Audi 9.1%
3 Volkswagen 7.7%
4 Mercedes Benz 7.1%
5 Ford 6.8%
6 Vauxhall 5.0%
7 Toyota 3.8%
8 Land Rover 3.4%
9 Honda 3.2%
10 Nissan 3.1%

 

“We shouldn’t be surprised that German brands dominate,” commented Nick King, Auto Trader Market Research Director. “There are good reasons why the BMW 3 Series consistently tops the chart, with VW’s Golf and Audi’s A4 not far behind. A combination of premium positioning, quality and regular model updates help keep these models at the front of mind for those looking for a new car – and for those who simply aspire to own a premium new or used car.”

In August, seven out of ten cars in the top ten model list were German. Of the remaining three models two are made in Germany, Ford’s Cologne plant producing right-hand drive Fiestas and the Ford Focus. That leaves the Vauxhall Astra, in ninth place with 2.4% of all searches, as the only British representative. The Astra is made at Ellesmere Port.

Most searched for – by model (new and used) in August

Top searched car models August 2014 Share
1 BMW 3 Series 5.5%
2 Volkswagen Golf 4.5%
3 Audi A4 3.2%
4 Ford Focus 3.2%
5 BMW 5 Series 3.1%
6 Audi A3 2.8%
7 Ford Fiesta 2.8%
8 Mercedes-Benz C-Class 2.7%
9 Vauxhall Astra 2.4%
10 Mercedes-Benz E-Class 2.2%

 

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