June 10, 2012 19:00 ET

Schnell, Schnell! German Motors are Favourites of Speeding Drivers, Says Swinton

MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - June 10, 2012) - German-made motors are the cars most likely to be driven by motorists with speeding convictions.

That's according to research unveiled today by Swinton Insurance, which has launched an 'online speedometer' where people can see how high or low their car rates in the speeding offence stakes.

The UK's biggest High Street insurer, with 560 branches nationwide, analysed data from 11 million quote forms to find out which motorists had declared speeding convictions and compared this to 545 different makes and models of vehicles they drove.

However it is the German-made models that stand out in this list.

BMW, Volkswagen, Mercedes and Audi all have more than one model of car featured in the top 50. In fact, these makes hold five of the top ten spots with the Volkswagen Phaeton holding the highest place at number four.

As well as being known as efficiently built, German cars can now add 'fast' to their list of attributes.

The top risk car in this survey was the Chrysler Ypsilon, which despite featuring a low number of quotes, had a very high conviction rate (73 convictions out of 165 quotes declaring a speeding conviction).

While British motorists will be penalised for driving their German-made cars too fast on UK motorways, the German Autobahn doesn't have a universal speeding limit, which allows motorists to hit the top speeds of their vehicle.

Steve Chelton, Claims manager at Swinton said, "German made cars are known to be efficient, stylish and now fast. However we must warn motorists that speeding is illegal and a conviction can add points to their licence, a fine and possible increase in their car insurance premium."

Swinton has created an online speedometer where motorists can enter their vehicle's make and model to find out how likely their vehicle is to be caught speeding www.swinton.co.uk/speedometer

The top 50

  1. Chrysler Ypsilon
  2. Daewoo Lacetti
  3. TVR Griffith 500
  4. VW Phaeton
  5. Jaguar XK
  6. Mercedes R Class
  7. Audi Q3
  8. Audi A7
  9. Citroen DS4
  10. BMW M6
  11. Alfa Romeo 159
  12. Volvo V60
  13. Aston Martin Vantage
  14. Alfa Romeo Brera
  15. Aston Martin DB7
  16. Ford Freda
  17. Kia Soul
  18. Volvo XC90
  19. Audi Q5
  20. Honda S-MX
  21. Audi A5
  22. Alfa Romeo 155
  23. BMW X6
  24. Nissan Murano
  25. Volvo 740
  26. Audi Q7
  27. JaguarXKR
  28. VW Tiguan
  29. Mazda CX-7
  30. Nissan GTR
  31. VW Touareg
  32. Citroen C-Crosser
  33. Chevrolet Captiva
  34. Hyundai IX35
  35. Porsche 911
  36. Jaguar XF
  37. Nissan Cube
  38. BMW X1
  39. Volvo C60
  40. Lexus RX
  41. TVR Cerbera
  42. BMW X3
  43. Porsche Cayenne
  44. Ford S-Max
  45. Ford Kuga
  46. Alfa Romeo Giulietta
  47. Ssangyong Rodius
  48. Peugeot 4007
  49. Jeep Patriot
  50. Jeep Commander

For more information please contact Mairead Rodden or Lucy Gordon at SKV Communications on 0161 838 7770 or emails firstname.surname@skvcommunications.co.uk

About Swinton

  • With 553 branches nationwide Swinton is the UK's largest high street insurance retailer
  • Unlike many other companies in the financial services industry, Swinton is committed to keeping its branches open for business, and part of the community
  • Swinton provides a one-stop-shop for the insurance and related needs of its clients, offering home, car, caravan, business, holiday, motorbike and even classic car insurance
  • With a dedicated team on hand at every branch to search a panel of insurers to offer quality cover at competitive rates

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