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VW campervan sales up over 600%

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Recent data gathered by Volkswagen Financial Services (VWFS) has found that there has been a 621% year-on-year rise in the number of California campervans being financed.

Its researched found that, when it comes to holidays, nearly half of those surveyed say that they will be driving to a UK holiday destination this year at the expense of other public transport means. The under 45s are more than twice as likely to adopt this course of action compared to the over 45s.

Three-quarters (75%) of people in Britain say that the experience of the past year has increased the likelihood that they will travel in their own vehicle rather than use public transport when it comes to work and leisure commitments in the future.

Mike Todd, CEO of Volkswagen Financial Services, said: “The macro impact of such changes could be profound for businesses, policy makers, planners, and society. The travel sector will need to adjust so that it provides more UK staycation options alongside traditional overseasofferings, whilst those looking at the UK transport infrastructure model will need to consider potential reductions over time in the numbers using public transport and the potential increase in the amount of vehicles using the road network.

“Looking back to 2019, no-one could have predicted the seismic impact of COVID-19 on many parts of our lives, but it is clear that change is occurring before our eyes as consumers react to what they have been through over the past year.”

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