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Motors: Cost warning on cross-over cars.

THE current trend for specialised "crossover" cars could cost customers dearly, according to market analysts EurotaxGlass's. Ten years ago new cars could be defined easily by size and function with an obvious distinction between mass market and premium brands.

But the recent shift by car makers to launch niche models is causing confusion among buyers EurotaxGlass's highlights a number of niche and cross-over vehicles where a lack of understanding about the benefits may already be affecting their residual value prospects.

These include mini MPVs such as the Fiat Idea, Vauxhall Meriva, Renault Modus, larger volumebrand models including the Vauxhall Signum and premiumbrand 4x4 cross-over vehicles like the Audi A6 Allroad, Volvo XC70 and Mercedes R-Class"The appeal for manufacturers is to create a new niche that has not been exploited before in the hope that they will be able to attract a new type of customer," says EurotaxGlass's spokesman Adrian Rushmore.

"However, some models are failing to make their mark. Until popular acceptance of the merits of some of these new niche sectors improves, manufacturers may need to limit availability to avoid damaging falls in values
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Publication:Birmingham Mail (England)
Date:Oct 7, 2005
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