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Is the British driver's love affair with the 4x4 gas guzzler over? AUTOMOTIVE.

Are 4x4s in danger of disappearing from the roads of Britain? Car retailer Motor point seems to think so.

Its fears are based on a poll that revealed that almost two thirds of drivers believe that, as a nation, we have fallen out of love with the 4x4. Some 1,260 people participated in the online survey.

Motor point said the findings appear to be reflected in the latest available sales figures for new 4x4s, which are down 16.6 per cent year to date, according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

The cars have come in for huge criticism lately from both government and environmental campaigners who have rounded on the so-called "Chelsea Tractors" in the wake of recent fuel price rises and changes to Vehicle Excise Duty.

However, Motor point believes that far from being obsolete, they still continue to represent great value for money.

Managing director David Shelton said: "I still believe that there is still a genuine marketplace for the 4 x 4 by the UK, in spite of all the bad press. Manufacturers have taken great strides to raise their green credentials, to ensure people are not penalised through their road tax, while recent reduction in the price of petrol, means the costs of filling up is on par with a large family saloon.

"And when you take into account the savings on offer at the point of purchase, the level of equipment that comes as standard, you will find that in many instances the 4 x 4 still represents genuinely good value for money for drivers."
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Date:Oct 27, 2008
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