Sales rise for most polluting cars

Congestion charges and the recent tax increases on the most polluting vehicles have not deterred Londoners from investing in 4x4 vehicles.

Sales of this vehicle type, often large family vehicles, were strongest in Greater London (up 9.4% compared to the same period in 2006), according to the latest used car sales statistics for April, May and June this year from Experian, the global information services company.

Used SUV, MPV, luxury and super mini cars were the only types of vehicles that saw sales rise throughout the country during quarter two this year – and nowhere more so than in Greater London. This region also saw the biggest increase in the sale of used MPVs (up 12.4%) and the second highest increase in the sale of used luxury vehicles (up 5.6%).