An interesting story out of Forbes caught my eye regarding the most ticketed cars. Prior to reading it, I was all ready to expect something quite different. The data Forbes used came from Quality Planning, a Varisk Analytics company that checks and verifies policyholder information for auto insurers. For the purposes of the study, Quality Planning looked at traffic violations per model for a one-year period, from February 2009 to February 2010. The resulting top 10 vehicles most likely to get a ticket? You might be surprised. See if yours is on the list.
Note that any manufacturer’s suggested retail prices (MSRPs) that are listed are for 2011 models – even though the list isn’t confined to any particular model year (although cars over 10 years old were removed by Quality Planning).
And just to keep it interesting, we’ll list them in reverse order:
2010 Volkswagen GTIEnlarge Photo
2006 Mercedes-Benz CLK63 AMG, Geneva Motor Show9. Mercedes-Benz CLK 63 AMG
Just as the Volkswagen GTI drivers are 1.8 times as likely to get a ticket as the average driver, so, too is the Mercedes-Benz AMG driver. Average age for the driver of this Benz model is 47, and the gender breakdown is 44 percent male, 56 percent female.
2006 Mercedes-Benz CLK63 AMG, Geneva Motor ShowEnlarge Photo
Acura Integra 2008 Pontiac Grand Prix 8. Pontiac Grand Prix
The now-discontinued brand from General Motors, Pontiac, and its fabled Grand Prix sedan--which was terminated after 2008--chalks up number eight spot in the most-ticketed cars list. Again, Grand Prix drivers, whose average age is 40, are 1.8 times as likely to catch that ticket. Gender of drivers is 41 percent male and 59 percent female.
2008 Pontiac Grand PrixEnlarge Photo