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Cozy Coupe is the best selling car of all types in 2011

Posted on 12:29 PM by Sameer Shah

It gives off zero emissions, costs nothing at the petrol pump and rarely breaks down.

So perhaps it’s little wonder the Cozy Coupe is something of a bestselling car.

Unfortunately though, it takes forever to do 0-60mph and only takes one passenger at a time.



But even that hasn’t stopped the 2011 model of Cozy Coupe outselling the Ford Focus and the Vauxhall Corsa in the UK.

HOW THE SALES COMPARE IN PAST 12 MONTHS

Total Cozy Couple sales: 133,535

1 Fiesta: 95,261

2 Focus: 81,616

3 Corsa: 77,230

4 Golf: 62,604

5 Astra: 63,096

6 Insignia: 46,417

7 Polo: 46,974

8 3 Series: 42,689

9 Qashqai: 39,667

10 MINI: 37,375

Totting up unit sales of over 130,000 in the past 12 months puts it way ahead of any other model in statistics compiled by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders.

The £49.99 car is also the run-about of choice for the children of professional driver and former Top Gear star Ben Collins.

The design of the chassis has changed little since it was first produced in 1979, since when 21million Cozy Coupes have been around the world.

The car's design, described as a ‘cross between a Volkswagen Beetle and Fred Flintstone's vehicle’, was created by Jim Mariol, who had worked as a designer at Chrysler in the USA.

First sold in 1979 as one of the first molded-plastic toy cars sold in the United States, it was called the ‘world's best-selling car for much of this decade’ by The New York Times in 1998, outselling the Honda Accord and Ford Taurus.

Reacting to this year’s chart topping position, Andrew Laughton, of Little Tikes said: ‘We are not surprised that the Cozy Coupe has topped Britain’s best-selling vehicle sales.

‘It is a regular favourite with parents and kids alike and the Cozy Coupe never fails to delight children who love the feature of being able to get into and ‘drive away’ in their own car.

‘Parents love the fact this robust vehicle offers a good few years of quality play value and they’re also very reliable.

‘Plus many of today’s parents have their own fond memories of owning a Cozy Coupe as a child.’

UK sales of the toy were further boosted earlier this year with the introduction of the GB Coupe, a navy blue coloured model sporting a Union Jack on the roof.

Launched just in time for the Royal Wedding Celebrations, the special edition vehicle is sold through ToysRUs and other toy showrooms.

Sales have also been strong for the Pink coloured Princess Coupe, a police liveried Patrol Coupe, and a taxi range, which also includes a London Black Cab version.

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