Poll finds Ford is the UK's favourite car makerBut German cars are a hit in London

09 May 2008

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Ford is the most popular car maker for British motorists, according to a new survey.

It found that 17% of Britons own a Ford - just ahead of Vauxhall, which has 14% of the market. Peugeot, Volkswagen and Renault are also popular brands.

In parts of Essex the level of Ford ownership is double the national average, while the biggest fans of French cars can be found in Swansea and Exeter

Local manufacturers 

The study also found that motorists tend to favour manufacturers that have a base near their home – for example, Rovers are popular in Birmingham, Nissans are a hit in Sunderland and Hondas do well in Swindon.

The figures come from car insurance comparison site Tesco Compare.

It based its findings on car insurance quotes for over half a million cars across the UK.

Although Ford is the nation’s favourite car manufacturer, Vauxhall is the most popular car maker in Scotland.

German cars

German cars – such as those of Audi, BMW, Mercedes and Volkswagen – are popular in London, but French-made cars are not a hit in the capital.

Which? motoring editor Richard Headland said: ‘There's clearly a strong influence from past and current manufacturing bases.

‘Don't forget, just because a lot of your neighbours may drive a certain make or model doesn’t mean it's necessarily good, though.

‘If you want to know which cars are the best, visit Which? car reviews pages and we'll point you in the direction of the best cars around.’