Size matters - especially when parking

As reported in several media outlets, mostly notably on BBC Breakfast, the modern car is outgrowing the average car parking space. The environmental lobby group Transport and Environment has reported around half of new cars sold are already too wide for the minimum parking space in many countries.

Data compiled by the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) confirms the same trend in the two decades up to 2020. New cars, on average, are getting 1 cm wider every two years in Europe, due to the rising sales of SUVs, it says. Comparing the top 100 cars sold in 2018 to the top 100 in the first-half of 2023, T&E says that the average width of new cars has grown from 177.8cm to 180.3cm over the five-year period with the trend in new cars increasing in size set to continue.

The BBC has said that the average width of a car parking space is 180cm which is the same width of the average car in the UK. SUVs however are an average 200cm in width and two of the three top selling cars last year were SUVs.

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Thursday, April 4, 2024

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