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Used MPV segment ups volume

The used MPV segment was the only vehicle type to see sales notably increase during the last quarter of 2008.

Experian research shows volume of used MPVs was up 7.9% between October and November last year despite sales of larger engine vehicles falling.

MPVs are most popular in Greater London which grew by 19% in the same period.

Sales of used 4x4s also bucked the national trend in Greater London and increased by 14.1%.
The only other region to see an increase in the sale of used 4x4s during this period was the north – up by just 0.2%.

Kirk Fletcher, managing director of Experian’s automotive division, said: “The latest used car sales statistics show that despite a greater focus on smaller, more economical vehicles, the fall in sales for the used supermini and mini segments were still on a par with, for example, the upper medium and the sports segments.

“It indicates that even in a downturn there is a certain degree of reluctance to downgrade in size.”

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