4×4 sales up

Time 13 years ago

039712600_1207048821.jpgGOT an SUV to shift? Is the thing just reusing to budge?

Then consider taking it down to London.

Because demand for used 4x4s in Greater London has seen the biggest increase across the entire country (with the region also recording the second-highest increase in thirst for MPVs). And that’s despite the backdrop of concern over changes to the Congestion Charge.

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The evidence comes from data revealed by Experian, which also notes that diesel sales in Greater London are also up in the first quarter of 2008, by nearly 15 per cent.

As Kirk Fletcher, MD of Experian’s automotive division, explained: ‘Despite the threat of higher tax on cars with the highest CO2 emissions, sales of these vehicles have remained strong throughout the country.’ But particularly, he explained, around the capital.

Greater London ‘is also the region to continue to see some of the biggest increases in diesel cars. Car buyers are more aware of the cost of running a car these days, and if the rapid increase in fuel prices continues, we will see a more rapid growth in the sale of alternative fuel cars.

Looking at the wider picture, while Experian noted used car sales were down by half a per cent across the country, they too actually rose slightly in Greater London.

All told, if demand can increase so even with such worries over Livingstone’s proposed changes, how will things change now Boris has lifted those worries?

If the 4×4 still isn’t going anywhere, a phone call to a contact in Greater London may provide some salvation…

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