August 30, 2002

New study finds SUVs being used as family vehicles

Washington, D.C. – According to a new U.S. study by R. L. Polk & Co., over 25 percent of SUV owners feel that this type of vehicle is “ideal for their active lifestyle” and another 24 percent indicate they “feel very safe” in an SUV. Additionally, more than 79 percent of SUV owners reported using their SUVs in harsh weather where vehicle control may be difficult.

Forty-seven percent of female SUV owners reported “sometimes or frequently” using their SUV to drop children off at school or daycare and over 36 percent reported this way to transporting one child in a car seat.

Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers CEO Josephine Cooper stated, “In the 70’s and 80’s it was the station wagon, in the 90’s it was the minivan, nowadays SUVs have becomes America’s family vehicle. This survey shows that for a number of American families SUVs provide the vehicle attributes that best fit their lifestyle.”

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