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Crossovers and SUVs now account for more than half of all new-car sales in the UK

A decade ago, the industry was talking about market fragmentation. As the cost of bodyshells fell relative to the cost of the chassis, a new age of niche models seemed near.

In fact, the opposite has happened. The three biggest segments (superminis, lower-medium and premium/large SUVs) now take 87.7% of all sales, a record figure. If you look at the market in terms of bodystyle, crossovers/SUVs now account for 54.8% of all sales – another record.

How uk new car sales changed since 2021

A-segment city cars

This segment peaked more than a decade ago at 9.8%

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