Tuesday 22nd May 2012
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Ford spare parts for the Mondeo and other used car parts for family saloons could see a cool off in demand as families shift their car buying habits.

According to new research from Aviva, there has been a fundamental change in the types of vehicles families prefer over recent decades.

Family saloons loosing popularity

In the past, it was usual for families to have one saloon car, usually driven by the dad, and one smaller vehicle used by the mum, said the insurance company.

The Ford Cortina and Vauxhall Cavalier were among the most popular family saloons of the 80s, while the later Ford Mondeo model was also hugely successful.

They were commonly paired with smaller 'runarounds' such as the Ford Fiesta or the Vauxhall Nova.

However, Aviva's research shows that, as of 2011 the picture of the average two-car family is strikingly different.

It is much more common for a family to have two cars now than in the 1980s, while a bigger range of models means driveways are far more diverse.

But one pattern is clear, the family saloons and small car combos are a thing of the past.

Instead, the most common two-car combinations are a small family car, such as a VW Golf or Ford Focus, alongside a compact or supermini, like the Fiesta or Renault Clio, or a small family car and a larger 4x4 or MPV, such as Nissan Qashqai, Citroen Picasso or Ford Galaxy.

Another clear pattern is a turnaround in the big car/small car gender divide, with it becoming increasingly common for women to be the main drivers of bigger cars such as 4x4s and people carriers, while men are more likely to drive smaller vehicles.

"As families' lives become more busy and complex … it appears multi-tasking mums need a vehicle fit for both work and family life," said Heather Smith, director of car insurance at Aviva, adding that cost and fuel efficiency "are increasingly important to dad".