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Used diesel cars most popular in Greater London

Nottingham, UK, 6 February 2008 - Sales of both new and used diesel cars have seen an upward trend around the country, but Greater London saw the highest increase in used diesel cars compared to other UK government regions, according to the latest used car sales statistics from Experian®, the global information services company.

Although overall sales of used cars throughout the country fell by 3 per cent during quarter three in 2007 (compared to the same period in 2006), within these figures, sales of used diesel cars saw an increase (up 4 per cent).  Sales of used petrol cars fell by 5 per cent.

However, Greater London saw the highest increase in the sale of used diesel cars (up 9 per cent) while used petrol cars fell by 6 per cent. 

It was also the region that saw sales of bigger engine used cars remain strong, compared to other regions.  Greater London saw the highest increase in the sale of used MPVs (up 9 per cent during quarter three in 2007).  Used SUVs also remained popular as sales rose by 10 per cent the second highest increase in the sale of used SUVs in any region during July, August and September.

Kirk Fletcher, Managing Director of Experian’s Automotive division, said: “Rising fuel prices and environmental concerns mean that car buying habits are changing slightly.  It appears that while car buyers are unwilling to give up their big engine cars, they are turning over to diesel cars.

“Diesel cars have a cleaner image than petrol cars thanks to their greater fuel economy and reduced maintenance requirements.  However, recent concerns have surfaced linking diesel cars to issues with urban air quality, smog formation, global warming and other environmental issues, so it will be interesting to see how sales fair as these concerns increase.”

Government Region

Q3 2007

Q3 2006

% change

East Anglia

89,323

93,240

-4

East Midlands

163,387

167,217

-2

Greater London

182,926

189,797

-4

North

97,884

103,877

-6

North West

202,399

211,334

-4

Scotland

163,131

167,507

-3

South East

401,786

413,890

-3

South West

195,847

200,811

-3

Wales

111,993

117,027

-4

West Midlands

189,693

193,583

-2

Yorkshire and the Humber

173,909

178,078

-2

National

1,972,349

2,040,427

-3

Source: Experian’s Business Strategies division and DVLA

 

Fuel

Q3 2007 Greater London

Q3 2006 Greater London

% change

National % change Q3 2006 to Q3 2007

Diesel

27,692

25,505

9

4

Petrol

147,471

156,306

-6

-5

Unknown

7,763

7,986

-3

-8

Source: Experian’s Business Strategies division and DVLA

 

Segment

Q3 2007 Greater London

Q3 2006 Greater London

% change

National % change Q3 2006 to Q3 2007

City Car

2,341

2,375

-1

-2

Executive

14,570

15,216

-4

-6

Lower Medium

48,682

51,891

-6

-5

Luxury

2,233

2,358

-5

-1

MPV

8,770

8,075

9

3

Supermini

45,622

46,756

-2

-1

Sports

5,770

5,811

-1

-2

SUV

9,212

8,417

10

8

Upper Medium

39,474

42,698

-8

-9

Source: Experian’s Business Strategies division and DVLA

 

Age

Q3 2007 Greater London

Q3 2006 Greater London

% change

National % change Q3 2006 to Q3 2007

 0 to 1 years

9,704

10,526

-8

-6

1 to 3 years

20,212

22,068

-8

-10

3 to 6 years

42,716

43,943

-3

-3

6 to 9 years

41,841

42,623

-2

-1

9 years plus

68,453

70,637

-3

-2

Source: Experian’s Business Strategies division and DVLA

 

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