Ford Focus tops popular cars list

Ford's Focus has shrugged off challengers to claim the title of the decade's most popular car in a recent poll.

Auto Trader magazine's survey placed it in the top spot, followed by the Ford Fiesta, the BMW 3 Series, the Ford Mondeo and the Vauxhall Astra.

The car that gave customers the best value for money was the Fiat Panda, while the Toyota Prius was named the decade's "greenest" vehicle.

Two awards went to the Bugatti Veyron, a vehicle owned by the likes of Simon Cowell and Jenson Button - the car "beyond your wildest dreams" award, and the most overpriced car of the decade.

Jeremy Clarkson won favour as the top motoring personality, while the Range Rover was honoured as the best "celebrity mobile" vehicle.

Car accessories winning accolades were the Baby on Board sign, followed by car freshener, the nodding dog and football memorabilia.

Magazine director Matt Thompson said: "From the emergence of eco-friendly cars as a viable option for consumers to the replacement of maps and asking for directions with in-car satnav, the noughties have provided some interesting changes to the way consumers think about and drive their cars."

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