MPVs and 4x4s replace upper and lower medium car models as the family car of choice
Nottingham, UK, 21 October 2014 — Experian, the global information services company, to-day published its Used Car Sales Index which found that sales fell by 3 per cent compared to the same quarter last year - from 1,804,871 in Q2 2013 to 1,743,715 in Q2 2014.
Within this small overall reduction, MPVs and 4x4s were the only car segments to experience in an increase in sales in the quarter, rising by 3 per cent and 2.6 per cent respectively compared to Q2 2013.
Key highlights from Experian’s used car data show:
Andrew Ballard, Principal Consultant for Experian’s Automotive business, said:
“Car sales are seasonal and used cars have availability considerations as well as demand, so the very slight 0.4 per cent decline in sales figures in Q2 compared to the previous quarter is not a surprise as people can tend to replace their cars at the beginning of the year. What is evident, however, is that the demand for MPV and 4x4s is continuing to grow each quarter. For many people these cars fulfill the need for safer, larger family cars as well and being a lifestyle choice. For others, a 4x4 is a statement car with a much wider range of smaller more affordable models being produced that are now finding their way into the used market. Understanding where the demand is in the country and what the needs of those car buyers are will help organisations have more meaningful conversations with their customers.”
% changefrom Q2 2013
|Fuel Type||Q2 2013||Q2 2014||
from Q2 2013
|Region||Q2 2013||Q2 2014||
from Q2 2013
|Yorkshire And The Humber||153863||146946||-4.5|
|Age||Q2 2013||Q2 2014||
from Q2 2013
|Over 9 years||782335||783548||0.2|
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