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Read below for the Trusted Dealer’s guide to what’s been hot and what’s not quite made the grade in 2011.
More motorists are opting for diesel run cars as opposed to petrol ones. If you’re running a larger sized car and want to be economic, diesel is certainly the way forward, although many people fail to consider the additional cost you’ll pay for a diesel engine, and whether it’s really worth forking out the extra cash in the long run. Certainly if you’re looking for a petrol model then any car with a 1.6-litre engine or less will serve a similar purpose, and offer you a good level of fuel economy.
The Porsche Panamera
This phenomenal car by Porsche has really come out on top this year. Although it was initially unpopular with journalists, it is the one car which ticks all the right boxes in the luxury coupe/saloon sector thanks to its superb handling and speed coupled with its size – there are not many cars of this type which can house a six-footer in the back and still boast plenty of room to spare! Its residual values continue to outperform other competitors and even after eighteen months, demand for this car is high. It’s the one to watch for 2012!
Manual gearboxes have continued to be popular despite the price differences between manual and automatic closing considerably in recent times, particularly within the luxury end of the market. There are now even more automatic cars available to buy, but motorists are still opting for manual cars as, in general, manual gearboxes will last longer and cost a lot less to replace. This explains why the residual values of cars of more than seven years or over is often less for automatic cars, despite their higher cost new.
This colour is now a thing of the past. Despite the market being over-ridden with silver cars for the past five years due to motorists wanting to “try something else”, these days, customers would rather ditch the silver and opt for darker metallic greys, black and white cars, and in some cases even red cars are increasing in popularity!
Audi TT Roadster
And finally… the Audi TT Roadster, whilst not in season at the moment, has dropped in popularity in recent years. Once it was the soft top car to really be seen in, but now residual values have dropped significantly and it’s worth approximately £1000 less than the coupe version. There doesn’t seem to be a real explanation for this drop, other than the fact that the fabric roof perhaps provides less reliability and style than a coupe.