Sales of 50cc scooters rose by 11% in January, fuelled by motorists trying to deal with record petrol prices by switching to frugal two-wheelers. Peugeot's 100 mpg V-Clic topped the sales charts for the first month of 2011 and Richard Davies of Peugeot Scooters UK is in no doubt that the economy is the driving factor
“We are receiving consistent reports from our dealer network that the main motivation for buying a scooters is now to save money on petrol. Two-car families are changing their transport options to a car and a scooter instead.”
Soaring fuel prices were among the key reasons behind inflation's sharp rise in December; a gallon of unleaded costs 75 pence more than it did a year ago – an increase of 15%. That means an average tank of 50 litres (11 gallons) costs £8.25 more to fill than in January 2010.
Peugeot calculate that switching from a car to a scooter for the daily commute could save hard-pressed motorists hundreds of pounds in the first 12 months. Cars over six years old are driven 6000 miles a year on average, costing their owners £970 for petrol (at 36mpg). It would cost £350 for the Peugeot V-Clic to cover the same distance, a saving of £620. Currently on special offer, a scooter like the V-Clic could effectively pay for itself in fuel savings in the space of 18 months. Other savings would include Road tax (VED), which is £15 for scooters under 150cc, compared to £125 for a petrol engined car in band F.