| 22nd February 2011
The Fiat 500 is the most popular model at car-quotation website Askaprice.com.The stylish Italian city car is the most searched for car in February and the most searched for model in 2011 overall. In grabbing top spot the Fiat has ousted the likes of the Ford Fiesta and the Vauxhall Astra who traditionally dominate proceedings in the popularity stakes.Audi is the most successful manufacturer in February with three cars in the top ten most searched for models at Askaprice.com. The Audi A1 came second to the Fiat 500 while the A5 and TT also sneaked into the top ten finishing in fifth and ninth place respectively.Ford and Nissan were the next most popular manufacturers with two models each in the top ten most searched for cars in February.For Ford, the Fiesta was disappointing in only managing to finish fourth while the Kuga rounded off the list in tenth place.Nissan had two crossovers in the shortlist in the form of the Qashqai which was the third most searched for car at Askaprice.com and the Juke which finished sixth.The findings were a ringing endorsement to small cars and predictions regarding downsizing.Three crossovers made the shortlist proving their new-found dominance over larger SUVs while the rest of the list was made up of superminis, city cars and hatchbacks.
Popular models – February
1. Fiat 5002. Nissan Qashqai3. Audi A14. Ford Fiesta5. Audi A56. Citroen C17. Nissan Juke8. Ford Kuga9. Audi TT10. Audi Q7
The same trends are evident in the whole year to date at Askaprice where the most searched for models are again small cars or at least proof of downsizing – only the Q7 (a fully fledged SUV) breaks the trend in tenth place.Many critics and analysts have predicted a move towards smaller cars in the coming years as a result of an increase in VAT, fuel costs and road tax.Popular models – 2011 year-to-date
1. Fiat 5002. Audi A13. Nissan Qashqai4. Ford Fiesta5. Audi A56. Nissan Juke7. Citroen C18. Vauxhall Corsa9. Audi TT10. Ford Kuga