Despite being a neophyte compared to its more high-profile contemporaries, the Aston Martin DB9 has definitely made quite an impression among residents of Great Britain. At least that is what it seems after the six-year old car recently came out on top of a survey done among British drivers to determine their favorite car in the past 25 years.

While the achievement is glowing in its own right - and likewise a testament to Aston Martin’s standing as one of the world’s pre-eminent high-end car brands - what makes it even more impressive is the fact that, as we’ve mentioned, the DB9 only came around as late as 2004. Eating the DB9’s dust in second place is the ever-reliable Volkswagen Golf while taking up the third step of the podium is the Mini.

Given the fact that 25 years is an eternity for car manufacturers to make an indelible imprint in the hearts and minds of consumers makes the DB9’s achievement as the car-of-choice among British drivers all the more remarkable. This is especially impressive when you consider that the Aston Martin DB9 wasn’t even around when the new millennium began.

Press release after the jump

The iconic Aston Martin DB9 has been voted the nation’s favourite car of the past 25 years, in a poll to discover which car is the nation’s best loved motor of the ’80s, ’90s and noughties years by Direct Line Car Insurance to mark its 25th anniversary this week*.

One in ten Brits (10 per cent) said the Aston Martin DB9, synonymous with James Bond, was their favourite car of the past 25 years, while the Volkswagen Golf GTI, the original boy racers’ favourite ’hot hatch’, secured second place in the vote (5 per cent). The BMW MINI, the modern take on a long-term classic, came in third place (4 per cent).

Motorists were asked to vote for their favourite car from a list of 30 of the most iconic car models from 1985-2010, from the ’80’s Audi Quattro, most recently made famous for its starring role in the TV series Ashes to Ashes, to the DeLorian, the legendary car from the Back to the Future films, to the ’90s everyman’s classic the Ford Mondeo.

The quintessentially British Jaguar XJ was named the second most popular car by voters in the East of England and Wales.

However, while these cars are nostalgically seen as the automotive classics of the past 25 years, the majority of motoring Brits or the main driver in their household in the 1980’s owned either a Ford (29 per cent) or a Vauxhall (14 per cent) in the 1980s. Nearly one in ten Brits (9 per cent) owned an Austin or a Rover back in the 1980s.

Jennifer Thomas, spokesperson for Direct Line, commented: "As a result of Britain’s heritage of motoring we love cars for a wide variety of reasons, from being a classic British brand, to motorsport prowess to having modern design flair. Over the past 25 years Direct Line has insured a whole range of makes and models of cars and we’re looking forward to following the motoring trends into the next decade and beyond."

Source: Direct Line

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  (577) posted on 06.23.2011

@Yjee, Yeah, you’re right. The high technology features of this car would its selling point. Additionally, the form and impressive figure performance of this car really contributes!

  (488) posted on 06.23.2011

ell, I have to admit that this car look have an impressive look and performance. And I think that’s the edge of DB9 among other model. BTW, I was amazed as well on this car for it defeat the Volkswagen Golf.

  (6) posted on 11.19.2010

The new 2010 Aston Martin is a 2+2 seat luxury GT machine that is available in coupe and convertible body styling options.The convertible model in the new DB9 is known by the name Volante.
The safety equipment included in the new 2010 Aston Martin DB9 comes with stability and traction control features, antilock brakes, front and rear parking sensors and front seat side airbags.
http://www.e ton-martin-db9-review. html

  (612) posted on 04.22.2010

Well of course this if much more fun and easier to drive than the enzo ferrari.

  (570) posted on 04.21.2010

What I love about this series is how accessible it is for the viewers. The entire race weekend is streamed live on their website. If you happen to miss anything, they also archive the races on the website too.

  (779) posted on 04.21.2010

It is more fun to drive than the ferrari with a lower HP, it’s suspensions are very accurate and can easily deal with the slopes, tight turns and twists.

  (868) posted on 04.20.2010

I couldn’t agree more.

  (238) posted on 04.19.2010

Right where it should be. The DB9 is outstanding.

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