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Mini MPV sector changes buying patterns

The versatility and value for money offerd by the growing number of mini MPVs is changing the pattern of used car demand, according to Glass's Information Services.

In the September issue of AutoProVision, shows how, in four years how mini MPVs has become one of the key market sectors. The main reason for the growth, says AutoProVision editor Bill Carter, is downsizing.

“The retail and company car driver alike are looking to drive a smaller car with lower running costs, which provides them with maximum flexibility. Mini MPVs, such as the Renault Scenic and Vauxhall Zafira, drive like a car and are easy to park. They are also extremely versatile,” he said.

Mr Carter also said Ford must be 'kicking itself' for dropping plans for a Focus-based mini MPV.

Glass's predicts the growth in new sales is set to continue. Already this year, mini MPVs have outsold their larger counterparts three-to-one (86,789 mini MPVs sold in August compared to 29,814 large MPVs, according to the SMMT). The biggest losers are the upper medium, large MPV and four wheel drive sectors.

Glass's does not predict any significant drop in RVs in the short to medium term. It sees the demand for second hand vehicles in this sector to grow further as used car buyers also look for maximum flexibility in their vehicles.

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