There is no question that motorists are increasingly switching to sports utility and crossover utility-type passenger cars (commonly abbreviated as SUVs and CUVs respectively). In the prelude to the launch of the Scorpion range (see Tyres & Accessories, March 2022), Pirelli executives illustrated the extent of the surge towards larger, sporty cars. In short, the data, which includes both SUVs and CUVs in a catch-all figure, shows these vehicles occupied 20 per cent of the market in 2010. By 2020, that figure had more than doubled to half the market. By 2025, SUV and CUV take-up could be as much as 60 per cent of the market. That’s why April’s magazine offers a run-down of the details in the obvious market trend as well as information on the latest product and suppliers.
The ability of a tyre fitter to harness the right servicing machinery for their customer base is key to the business’s profitability. The increasingly prevalent digitalisation of cars, including new ADAS innovations, is joined by the next generation of electric vehicles, which come with their own servicing needs. With the pace of evolution in the UK and European car parc accelerating, Tyres & Accessories looks at how machinery suppliers can assist garages in optimizing their service offerings for a customer base that is becoming more diverse than ever, as well as detailing the latest wheel aligners, wheel balancers, lifts and other essential machinery in the April issue.