What would happen if rail companies manufactured cars?

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What would happen if rail companies manufactured cars?

Growing numbers of people have been buying second-hand vehicles to carry out Covid-safe solo trips. 

According to figures reported by the BBC, there was a 6.6% rise in second-hand car sales in 2019, with the used car market growing 108.6% in the second quarter of 2021, year-on-year.

Vertu Motors are predicting further rises in pre-owned car sales over the coming months and years as the world returns to commuting. Many former rail passengers now say they prefer the personal space provided to them by their used cars. 

This has left some wondering what modern-day transport could look like if rail companies decided to create cars based on their existing designs. Vertu Motors have created a series of mock-ups to show what these vehicles might look like were they to become a reality.

https://www.vertumotors.com/news/solo-commuter-series-what-if-train-companies-designed-cars/

Avanti West Coast

This mocked-up Avanti West Coast Motor is as elegant as it is sporty, offering additional room in the back for those wishing to race through the morning traffic.

Caledonian Sleeper

The classic, comfortable Caledonian Sleeper may well work as something closely resembling a motorhome, enabling passengers to gain a few more minutes of vital sleep as they’re driven to the office.

Eurostar

The Eurostar could also work wonderfully as a road-based vehicle, enabling commuters to reach their workplaces in style.

Merseyrail

The iconic yellow Merseyrail design offers ample length and space. This could be the ideal vehicle for Liverpool-based commuters.

Northern Rail

Practical and unfussy, Northern Rail trains have frequently been compared to buses in the past due to their existing appearance. Here’s what the results may look like if this was taken to its natural conclusion.

Southern Rail

The light green and yellow colour scheme of Southern Rail works just as well on many vehicles seen on the road today. This image shows us what might occur should the company branch out into road travel.

Thameslink

Many people have experienced difficulties with finding a seat when using public transport in London. This spacious road-based take on the Thameslink rail design could ensure comfort is optimised for those making their way around the capital. 

Transport for Wales

The futuristic, blocky design would surely work fantastically on the country roads of Wales. 

Growing numbers of commuters and travellers are opting for the ease and cost-efficiency of second-hand vehicles. Experts predict the appetite for second-hand motoring is only likely to rise in the near future.

A Vertu spokesperson said: “The increase in used car sales during the pandemic has created a shift in the industry, with more of our customers preferring the ease, efficiency, and affordability of a second-hand vehicle.

“We are expecting there to be a significant continued tailwind on the market. Thankfully, as restrictions appear to be easing for the majority of the country, we are in a strong position to fulfil this increased demand with the more traditional – and favoured – in-person discussions for our customers”.

For further insights about Vertu Motors’ views on the automotive industry, visit the Vertu blog.

Notes to editors

Rail companies were chosen by which were most frequently travelled throughout the UK, with equal distribution across all four corners of the country.

Analysis that determined the designs included the rail companies’ current fleets, carriage sizes, colours, and commuting routes. Car designs were based off current popular car models/brands.

Media contact

Carly Trigg

carly.trigg@mediacom.com

About Vertu Motors

Vertu Motors is part of the Vertu Motors Group, which launched in 2006 and also trades under the names of Bristol Street Motors, Farnell Land Rover, Farnell Jaguar, Vertu Mercedes-Benz, Macklin Motors and Hereford Audi.

Dealerships are established nationwide, from Morpeth to Doncaster, where the world’s top manufacturers, including Honda, Volkswagen, Toyota and Kia, are available for purchase.

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