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Nearly a third of all UK new cars now SUVs

Date: 16 April 2018   |   Author: Sean Keywood

SUVs now make up nearly a third of all new cars on UK roads, according to motoring data experts Cap HPI.

The firm says that a sharp increase in sales of the vehicles over the past several years has led to an unprecedented change in the motoring landscape.

Cap HPI consumer specialist and SUV analyst Mark Bulmer said: "In 2008 SUV barely existed as a sector and annual sales volumes were around 161,000 vehicles within an industry totalling 2.1 million, the SUV sector achieved 11.6% of the market share.

"Fast forward to 2017 and the SUV sector achieved sales of over 817,000 vehicles from a total car market of 2.5 million, achieving a massive 30.5% of the total market share.

"The growth of SUV sales in just ten years is nothing short of staggering and it shows no signs of applying the brakes, as 114 completely new models have been launched since 2015, with at least a further 20 expected within the next 12 months."

Bulmer said that recent significant additions to the market include the Alfa Romeo Stelvio, Citroen C3 Aircross, Volkswagen T-Roc, Jaguar E-Pace, Kia Stonic, Toyota C-HR, Peugeot 3008 and Volvo XC40.

He added: "The huge choice of available models and all-year-round lifestyle appeal all serves to make the sector appealing to motorists and ensure the manufacturers are innovating to fuel demand.

"SUVs have become the vehicle of choice for families, easily meeting the demands of everyday family life."