Peugeot's 50cc V-Clic was the UK's top selling scooter during August (according to industry statistics published by the MCIA) and it is currently on offer at £929 (Please remember this is a limited time offer which may have ended). The latest figures from the AA's British Insurance Premium Index (June 2012) show that the average cost of a comprehensive car insurance policy has risen to £1034.
It isn't only insurance costs that are encouraging British motorists to seek more affordable alternatives. President of the AA Edmund King told BBC News that the cost of filling up the average family car has risen by £5 since July and in April the top rate of road tax (VED) rose to £1030.
Running costs for the 50cc scooters like the V-Clic are also very modest compared to the average car. Road tax is just £16 per year and fuel consumption is frugal at around 100 miles per gallon. Parking is almost universally free.
Sales of new scooters in the UK rose by 11.7% last year and demand is up by a further 5.3% in the first eight months on 2012. Peugeot Scooters reported a 46% rise in sales last year, which they attribute to their range of affordable 50-125cc machines aimed squarely at the commuter market.