- There are 21% more female car owners and 10% more male car owners than there were 10 years ago
The number of female car owners in the UK has surged by 21% in the past decade, while male owners are up by 10%.
Figures produced by Motorparc, an analysis department for the Society of Motor Manufacturers & Traders (SMMT), show that female car owners in the UK now total 11.8 million – more than a third of the country"s 34.7m motorists.
The latter figure equates to an overall growth of 12% on 2007.
Car buyers are also presented with a larger range of models today than they were in 2007. There are now 1500 model ranges and 65,000 different model specifications registered for road use, which compares with 1200 and 56,000 a decade ago.
Of all cars on our roads, 22.5% were less than three years old in 2017, driven in part by the rise of personal contract purchase (PCP) finance. The proliferation of new cars has helped to drive down emissions, although the recent drop in demand for diesel models has put a small dent in long-term progress.