The VW Tiguan is the most commonly rewritten SUV. He leaves the fleet on average after 3,5 years.
Fleet operators, who sold a SUV with gasoline engine or alternative drive in the first quarter of 2018, were pleased: the model was pulled out of their hands. This shows a Dataforce examination of used SUVs of the relevant fleet market. Therefor, there were 11,2 percent more transcriptions in the segment for petrol-engined SUVs than in the same quarter of the previous year. On the other hand, this corresponded with a minus for diesel SUVs of almost all diesel vehicles from fleets.
But according to Dataforce, the diesel decline did not affect all models. Buyers pleased themselves with for example a used Audi Q5, Ford Kuga, BMW X5 and Mercedes GLC. GLK also as a Diesel raises a growing buying interest.
Against the background of threatening driving bans and maintenance premiums for new cars, the used car market was under heavy pressure at the beginning of the year. Despite the further increase in vehicle inventory, the market shrank by 3,8 percent from January to the end of March. Exempted from the downward trend were SUVs, which continued to gain market share.
According to the industry observers, across all sub-markets, more than 6,6 percent off-road sedans changed ownership compared to the previous year. In terms of fleet vehicles, there was a slight decline of 0,4 percent compared to the same quarter of the previous year – but the SUVs were still noticeable above the result of the entire market segment (minus 4,1 percent).
Great differences in the operating lifetime
As the analysis further shows, the average age of the offered vehicles varies depending on the manufacturer and model series. Only in the top-ten-SUV, the lifetime varies between 1,5 and more than six years. An average of 3,6 years was calculated for the first quarter.
According to Dataforce, the Ford Kuga leaves the fleets on average already 2,5 years after its first registration. On the other hand, the Mercedes GLE or its predecessor, the M-Class, does an average of six years of service in the vehicle fleet. The SUV, which is currently being rewritten the most frequently from the fleet, the VW Tiguan, is completely in the segment trend with an average age of 3,6 years when changing hands. Slightly older are the Audi Q5 (3,7 years) and the BMW X3 (4,3 years). (rp)
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