Rich ‘prefer a Porsche’

The stereotype of rich motorists preferring to get behind the wheel of a Porsche is still true, according to new research.

A study by insurance provider swiftcover.com discovered that this year, as in 2007, the sleek machines topped a poll of the cars most likely to be driven by the wealthy elite.

Porsches beat fellow cash magnets Jaguars and Mercedes into second and third place respectively.

However, perhaps the surprise result of the study was the listing of the much-maligned Skoda in 18th place, while a number of Japanese cars also featured in the top 20.

Craig Staniland, underwriting director at the firm, commented: "Our analysis shows that over time, smaller and greener cars are becoming popular with higher income earners, as more of us are recognising the importance of conserving cash and helping to protect the environment."

Hollywood hot property Hilary Duff has recently been banned from buying a Porsche Cayenne Turbo over concerns regarding her driving ability.

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