SMMT report identifies UK trends roadmap

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A growing MPV market share, the rise of smaller engined vehicles and an increase in the diesel market are just some of the trends unearthed in a new report from the SMMT.

The society’s Motorparc report, which tracks buying changes across each of the 35, 790, 901 cars, vans, trucks, buses and coaches on UK roads has shed light on several important trends among UK car buyers.

The SMMT says the report has revealed a range of trends, which have “redrawn the map on terms of the nation’s motoring preferences.”

Among key locations identified in the report sits Worcester, which has emerged as the UK’s most patriotic town when it comes to buying cars. A quarter of the vehicles on its streets have been built in the UK.

Slough has also taken a gong as the most fuel-efficient town, with the average car there topping 50mpg thanks to 60 percent of vehicles in the town being diesel powered.

The City of London, not surprisingly, boasted the highest proportion of alternatively fuelled vehicles. However the capital also has the UK’s biggest average engine size at 2.5 litres.

Independents on the Isles of Scilly also have cause for celebration, as the average vehicle age there is higher than anywhere else in the UK at 11 years.

The full report can be downloaded from the SMMT, here.

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