Manchester Loves Small Cars
Focus tops the charts as Mancunians drive to cut costs
According to local newspaper the Manchester Evening News (MEN), drivers in the Greater Manchester area are looking to smaller cars to solve the problems of the rising cost of motoring – especially when it comes to fuel costs.
Top of the list when it comes to the area is the Ford Focus, with other smaller vehicles such as the Vauxhall Corsa, Ford Fiesta and Toyota Yaris queuing up behind in the region’s notorious traffic.
But there are some more powerful cars in the list including the BMW 3 Series, Mercedes C Class and Honda Civic, possibly boosted by the high number of highly-paid footballers whose homes fall in the region still remain popular across the region.
Gavin Hill-Smith from the AA said: “There has been a switch to smaller, more fuel-efficient vehicles as motoring costs have increased. Generally, the smaller Vauxhall and Ford models are always in the top five best-sellers. For drivers wanting a smaller car, there are plenty of great deals out there.”
And of course, as 2013 gets into its stride, there may soon be some pretty decent bargains out there in the used car market as drivers change their vehicles to the new 13 plate – if they aren’t superstitious! Experts actually predict that in 2013, the UK motorist will but around 2,000,000 cars in total. (That’s not just one motorist – it’s a general term to cover all drivers. If it was one, that would need one hell of a garage!)
But back to Greater Manchester. To compile the figures, the M.E.N. asked the DVLA for a list of the 20 most popular cars registered in each of the ten boroughs of Greater Manchester in 2011, the latest year that figures are available, and it turns out that there were 52,437 Ford Focus cars registered across the region, topping the popularity list in Bolton, Manchester, Stockport, Tameside and Trafford.
In Oldham, Rochdale, Salford and Wigan they preferred the Vauxhall Corsa over the Focus, with Bury’s Number One being the Ford Fiesta – which itself was a perennial second favourite in most of the other areas, giving it an overall total of 46,216 registered.
The region’s fourth most popular car was the Vauxhall Astra, with 43,247 registered, followed by the VW Golf,
However, it seems that the general public’s reliance on the car and the mobility it offers is causing many drivers to struggle financially, with Sustainable transport charity Sustrans suggesting that eight out of ten people in Greater Manchester face a medium to high risk of transport poverty because of rising costs and a lack of what could be termed affordable alternatives. With rail fares risen bus fares risen and traffic cycling seemingly a life-in-their-hands journey, this is understandable..
Malcolm Shepherd, Sustrans’ chief executive, said: “For many people, owning a car is a source of debt and poverty – and this is unlikely to change in the long term.
With no real shoots of recovery yet visible in the UK Garden, the choice between car and Shanks’ Pony may well continue to be one that has to be made on a more regular basis.