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Friday, 29 December 2017

The most in-demand cars of 2017: BMW 3 Series is top of the 10 most-searched models over the last 12 months

  • The BMW 3 Series took the crown as the most looked-up model of the year
  • It racked-up 40 million views as it took the title for the seventh year running
  • Premium German models dominated the standings, Auto Trader said
  • Diesel searches have taken a hit, while hybrid and electric are up by 75% 

  • What's the car people wanted to buy more than any other this year?
    Leading used- and new-car selling site Auto Trader has revealed the models that were looked up most commonly as drivers hunted for a new set of wheels in 2017.
    Taking the crown for the seventh consecutive year was the BMW 3 Series with more than 40million searches.

    Most-search model of 2017: The BMW 3 Series is the car most people looked-up on Auto Trader last year, amassing a whopping 40 million searches over 12 months
    Most-search model of 2017: The BMW 3 Series is the car most people looked-up on Auto Trader last year, amassing a whopping 40 million searches over 12 months

    Auto Trader ranked models by the number of times drivers used the search function on its website to find new and used cars being advertised by owners and dealers. 
    BMW's compact executive saloon took the outright victory by amassing no fewer than 40.2million searches over the last 12 months, racking up the most searches for any diesel car in 2017.
    However, it wasn't the most in-demand petrol model. That record ironically went to the VW Golf - which was the runner-up overall with 39.5million searches  -  just two years on from Volkswagen's emissions test cheating scandal that prompted the recent clampdown on diesel cars in the UK.

    In fact, it was premium German models that most Britons appear interested in, with all but three cars featured in the top 10 list falling into this category.
    The Ford Fiesta (the most-bought new car in 2017 and several of the last few years) along with the Ford Focus and Vauxhall Astra (which are also perennial high-volume sellers) made up the league table of most looked-up vehicles.
    Auto Trader's report said: 'The annual top ten standings indicates the nation’s enduring interest of premium models, with BMW and Mercedes-Benz featuring five times in the list.'
    VW GolfMercedes-Benz C-Class
    The VW Golf (left) and Mercedes C-Class (right) were the second and third most searched cars of 2017, suggesting that Britons are hunting for premium German models

    Most searched cars of 2017 

    1. BMW 3 Series - 40,171,608 searches
    2. Volkswagen Golf - 39,502,416 searches
    3. Mercedes-Benz C-Class - 24,610,776 searches
    4. Ford Focus - 22,180,392 searches
    5. BMW 1 Series - 21,244,692 searches
    6. BMW 5 Series - 20,743,080 searches
    7. Ford Fiesta - 20,119,524 searches
    8. Audi A3 - 19,550,304 searches
    9. Mercedes-Benz E-Class - 19,374,996 searches
    10. Vauxhall Astra - 16,888,992 searches

    The Ford Focus was the fourth most searched new and used vehicle on Auto Trader this year, racking up more than 22 million views

    The Ford Focus was the fourth most searched new and used vehicle on Auto Trader this year, racking up more than 22 million views
    With toxin taxes and higher VED car tax costs for buyers of new cars next year, figures have shown that Britons are taking evasive action when it comes to diesel.
    The society of motor Manufacturers and traders' Novembar report showed that registrations of new diesel cars are down by 16 per cent so far in 2017.
    Despite used diesel sales being higher in recent months, Auto Trader's 12-month analysis shows that fewer people are searching for the fuel type.
    It said that 14.2 million searches were made for diesel cars on the website in November, down 32 per cent on the same month in 2016.
    In contrast, 10.9 million petrol look-ups were recorded last month, which is a year-on-year increase of almost 42 per cent.
    And with the British government rubber-stamping 2040 as the year it will ban the sale of new diesel and petrol cars, there's been around a 75 per cent year-on-year increase in the number of motorists hunting for a hybrid of electric model. 
    Auto Trader also listed the top 10 searched models by fuel type, which show the BMW 3 Series and VW Golf trading places when it came to diesel and petrol views. 

    Searches by fuel type in November 

    Diesel - 14,244,592 searches,  down 31.8% year-on-year
    Petrol - 10,897,056 searches, up 41.6% year-on-year
    Hybrid - 1,012,510 searches, up 74.8%  year-on-year
    Electric - 172,522 searches, up 73.0% year-on-year
    Bio Fuel - 16,814 searches, up 3.3% year-on-year

    Searches for electric and hybrid cars are around three quarters higher than they were this time last year, according to Auto Trader stats
    Searches for electric and hybrid cars are around three quarters higher than they were this time last year, according to Auto Trader stats


    Most searched models in 2017 by fuel type, according to Auto Trader 

    DIESEL

    1. BMW 3 Series
    2. VW Golf
    3. BMW 5 Series
    4. Mercedes C-Class
    5. Mercedes E-Class
    6. Audi A3
    7. BMW 1 Series
    8. Ford Focus
    9. Audi A4
    10. VW Passat

    PETROL

    1. VW Golf
    2. BMW 3 Series 
    3. Ford Focus
    4. Ford Fiesta
    5. Audi A3
    6. BMW 1 Series
    7. Mercedes C-Class
    8. Vauxhall Astra
    9. Honda Civic
    10. Vauxhall Corsa

    HYBRID

    1. Toyota Auris
    2. Toyota Prius
    3. Mercedes E-Class
    4. Mitsubishi Outlander
    5. Mercedes C-Class
    6. Toyota Yaris
    7. Lexus CT 200H 
    8. BMW 3 Series
    9. Toyota RAV4 
    10. VW Golf

    ELECTRIC

    1. Nissan Leaf
    2. BMW i3
    3. Mercedes B-Class
    4. Renault Zoe
    5. VW Golf
    6. Hyundai Ioniq
    7. Kia Soul
    8. Mitsubishi Outlander
    9. Tesla Model S
    10. Vauxhall Ampera




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