The new SEAT Leon STís accomplished mix of attractive coupť styling and surprisingly
functional and roomy estate characteristics gets the thumbs up from AID
Once the workhorse of larger than average middle class families, a trend perhaps best typified in the UK by the
traditional popularity of Volvoís boxy estates, of late the conventional estate has been squeezed out of the market
by the SUV-Crossovers, todayís defining shape of the desirable utility motor.
It isnít exactly extinction for the conventional estate car, but a perpetually growing wave of
Crossovers has continued to move in on its territory, thus leaving estates with a forever shrinking share of sales.
And the evidence, if any were needed, comes from recent UK car sales figures, which clearly tell their own story.
Almost exactly a decade ago, conventional estates on their own were still responsible for one-in-ten of
the new cars sold in the UK according to SMMT (Society of Motor
Manufacturers and Traders) figures...more
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