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Barely 10 years ago and there weren’t many SUVs on the UK’s roads but now they account for nearly one in three of all vehicles.

And there are more new models entering the marketplace this year as car manufacturers look to tap into this growing demand.

Now data experts at HPI say that the SUV segment has been the fastest-growing for several years.

One analyst, Mark Ballmer, says that in 30 years of working the car industry, he’s never seen growth like it.

He said: “SUV’s in 2008 barely existed with annual sales of around 161,000 vehicles from a total of 2.1 million. SUV’s accounted for 11.6% of the market.

“In 2017, the SUV sector achieved 817,000 sales in a car market selling 2.5 million cars which is 30.5% market share.

‘SUV sales growth is nothing short of staggering’

“SUV sales growth is nothing short of staggering in just 10 years and shows no sign

Upgrade your van

It’s a really enticing prospect for those running old vans and many may be wondering whether it is now time to upgrade your van?

That’s because there are some excellent van scrappage schemes currently in progress from the leading manufacturers including Citroen, Renault, Volkswagen and Mercedes.

While their offerings vary, Citroen and Renault are offering up to £7,000 off a brand-new van; VW is offering £2,000.

Obviously, these are great sales tactics to boost sales with great money-off deals they are only available until the end of December.

The aim of manufacturers, including Ford, is to create an incentive for van owners to buy a van that’s EU 6 compliant.

Upgrade your van with a scrappage scheme

Under most of the schemes, you could upgrade your van under a scrappage scheme but it will need to be registered before 2010 but generally van owners can scrap any make or model of a van that is

Dodge Charger, F-250 popular with car theives

Auto thefts decline because of technology, but statistics conflict

The most theft-prone vehicle in America might be the Dodge Charger. Or it might be the Ford F-250 pickup truck.

Those are the contradictory conclusions of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the insurance industry-funded Highway Loss Data Institute.

Still, the government agency and private group agree that the theft of late-model vehicles is on a rapid decline in the United States. One reason: automakers’ increasing use of ignition immobilizers, which stop thieves from hot-wiring cars. Nearly 90 percent of 2012 models are equipped with them.

In a report released on Monday, NHTSA said the car stolen most often during the 2011 calendar year was the Charger, with 4.8 thefts for every 1,000 cars produced in 2011. It was followed by the Mitsubishi Galant, Hyundai Accent, Chevrolet Impala and Chevrolet HHR among vehicles with more than 5,000 units produced that year.

Pickup trucks took the top five places in dueling rankings released today by

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