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Demand for alternative-fuel used cars increases

Date: 15 April 2014   |   Author: Martin Gurdon

Demand for used alternative-fuel cars has shot up by 31.8% year-on-year in 2013, according to the latest Experian used car survey.

Although the market for such models is expanding, the Toyota Prius dominated the sector, taking 40% of sales.

Total volumes for vehicles aged under six years old actually fell back 4.4% over the same period, despite the broader used market expanding by 0.9% due to a rise in demand for older stock aged over nine years. Relatively niche products such as people carriers and 4x4s saw 4%-plus rises in demand.

Experian found the top 10 used cars closely mirrored new demand, and many models were familiar company buys.

The biggest sellers were the Ford Focus, Ford Fiesta, Vauxhall Corsa, Vauxhall Astra and Volkswagen Golf. The BMW 3 Series, a user/chooser perennial, was in sixth place, some four places ahead of the once market-dominating Ford Mondeo.

The survey found that Vauxhall was the favourite brand of buyers in Scotland and the North of England, with Ford dominating in more southerly counties.

Although still tiny in volume terms, used electric vehicle sales increased by 20.2%, a figure driven almost entirely by the 4,783 Nissan Leafs which entered the sector during 2013.