28 Jan 2011

SUVs rising in popularity

1:02 pm on 28 January 2011

Sport Utility Vehicles are steadily growing in popularity, despite increases in petrol prices during 2010.

The Motor Trade Association says SUVs comprised about 20% of new car sales in 2006 and the figure is now 26%.

It says about 11,500 new SUVs were sold in New Zealand last year.

The association says SUVs are now competing with smaller cars for popularity.

Popular models include Toyota's RAV 4 and Mitsubishi's Outlander.

The association says SUVs are not known for their fuel economy, but are seen as a style statement. They are becoming more popular overseas as well.