MOT Failures, Northern Ireland. Salvage Cars – vans, car breakdowns, burnt – damaged vehicles, collect – pay cash, recovery service – Michael Nolan Cars, Belfast #car #radiators


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Nolan Cars Sell or Have Your MOT Failure or Salvage Car, Van or Vehicle Removed

in Belfast, Lisburn throughout Northern Ireland

Nolan Cars is a professional motor vehicle, car salvage car part supplier company serving Belfast, Lisburn and the whole of Northern Ireland.

We pride ourselves on providing a prompt car removal service to individuals and to organisations. We are based in Belfast and can respond rapidly to all recovery or MOT failure vehicle calls in the surrounding areas of Belfast.

Our Services

  • A range of salvage and recovery services across Northern Ireland
  • All late model salvage, derelict vehicles, crashed cars and motorbikes, smashed cars, light commercial vehicles, insurance write-off MOT failures
  • Vehicles bought for cash
  • Collection of vehicle
  • We are equipped to provide salvage, vehicle removal, MOT failure car clearance, and car removal services. We take cars from all manufacturers.

    If you have a salvage car (or motorbike, van, lorry or motorcycle) in Belfast we can turn the salvage scrap car into cash. Contact us and we will collect your salvage car and pay cash.

    User Car Parts for Sale

    • Most makes models available
  • 2nd hand car parts / replacement car parts
  • Contact Us with all your used car part requirements.

    Nolan Cars| Blackstaff Complex, Springfield Road, Belfast, NI, BT12 7AE | T: 0793 1514969


    My week with an LPG car #car #insurance #calculator


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    My week with an LPG car

    As petrol prices look set to soar again, it’s time to consider ways in which we can cut our motoring costs. The tried and trusted methods of ridding your car of excess baggage and driving at 60mph instead of 70mph on motorways are all well and good, but they’re unlikely to make a massive dent in the amount you pay at the pump.

    My week with an LPG car

    Another way to cut running costs is to buy a brand new, fuel efficient vehicle. But what if you’re quite happy with the car that you’ve got and haven’t got the money to splash out on a brand new one?

    If this is the case then an LPG conversion could be the answer. Most petrol engines can be converted to run on LPG (Liquified Petroleum Gas), which is a cheaper and more environmentally friendly fuel that is readily available from over 1,400 forecourts across the country.

    The downside is that installation can cost between £1,500 and £2,000 and will leave you without your car for a few days while the work is done. However, once installed, the savings in fuel costs alone mean that the system should have paid for itself within a couple of years.

    What’s more, you’ll also have a cleaner running engine that could last longer than if it were running purely on petrol.

    In theory, it sounds like LPG is the ideal solution to rising fuel costs. But with common complaints ranging from a loss of power to a loss of boot space, not to mention the installation time and cost, are LPG cars more hassle than they’re worth?

    Thanks to the people at Autogas. the leading supplier of LPG fuel, I got the chance to find out for myself as they gave me one of their bi-fuel models – a pretty nippy Renault Megane 2.0l Sport – to try out for a week.

    Here’s how I got on…

    Performance and running costs

    Given that I currently drive a 1.4litre, 52-plate Rover 25, the LPG car didn’t really have to do much in order to outperform my current motor, and so a comparison with that would be like comparing, well, a rubbish old car with a really good new one.

    So I took note of how it performed when running on LPG against its performance when powered by petrol and there was no noticeable change. It was just as quick off the mark when running on LPG and also pulled away

    just as well in the higher gears.

    As expected, the car covered fewer miles per gallon on LPG than it did on petrol, working out at 24.8 miles per gallon on LPG compared with 30.5 miles per gallon on petrol. But the consumption conundrum is resolved by the fact that LPG is lower in price than normal petrol.

    Over the course of the 10 days I had the Autogas car, I covered 461 miles, which would have cost me £112.43 for fuel had I been running on petrol. But as I was running on LPG it only cost me £61.67. Break these figures down even further and, to run the car on petrol would cost 24p per mile, as opposed to just 13p per mile on LPG.

    This means that, if I did 12,000 miles a year in a petrol-powered car, it would set me back £2,880 in fuel costs alone, while covering the same distance on LPG would cost £1,560 – a saving of £1,320. Thus the cost of installation is almost met within the first year.

    So, on this evidence, it would seem that for anyone who covers 12,000 or more miles a year, an LPG conversion would be well worth the initial outlay.

    And if you want to do your own sums, use this LPG savings calculator .

    The fuel tank and refuelling

    Loss of luggage/carrying space has been a long-standing reason why people have been put off converting their cars to run on LPG as the older systems would literally take up half of boot. But the first thing I noticed was that there was no loss of boot space as the LPG tank had been fitted in the spare wheel well (pictured, left).

    This is a great space-saving feature. The car came with a foam tyre repair kit in lieu of a spare wheel – which is completely legal. Indeed, some new models now carry these kits instead of a spare.

    When it comes to refuelling, LPG cars have a separate nozzle placed just by the petrol filler cap and this did actually cause me some problems the first time I topped up, but that was as much down to my inability to read instructions properly as it was the slightly convoluted filling process.

    Basically, you attach the bulky nozzle to the car but, instead of pulling a lever on the handle to release the fuel, you hit a button on the actual pump – imagine filling an airplane while playing a fruit machine and you’ll have a rough idea of what it’s like.

    That said, read the instructions right and you won’t have a queue of hungry cars (and increasingly irate drivers) lined up behind you.

    Although LPG is available on forecourts up and down the country, there are only usually a couple of pumps available, so you may still have to queue to refuel. And if the pump at your nearest service station is out of action, then you could be faced with a lengthy drive to fill up – this happened to me, and the next nearest LPG pump was about 10miles away.

    I didn’t really have a problem with this, but can see why some would consider it to be too much of an inconvenience.

    Another worry is that there is a risk of getting stranded without fuel. However, this should never be a major concern as cars that have been converted can still be run on petrol. If you run out of LPG while driving (I did!) then the car will seamlessly switch over to run on petrol.

    Converting to LPG

    Although, in theory, diesel engines can be converted to run on LPG this is not recommended as the savings made would not justify the work involved overhauling the engine, and so it’s only petrol engines that are generally converted to run on LPG.

    If you want to make the switch to LPG then you must get the system fitted by an UKLPG (formerly LPGA) approved installer and you can find your nearest specialist here .

    Once the installation is complete you must inform your insurer as it is technically a modification, but there should be no increase in your car insurance premium.

    You will also have to inform the DVLA so that your car’s records can be updated. It will now be listed as ‘bi-fuel’ instead of ‘petrol’ and will be eligible for a reduced rate of road tax (giving you every incentive to tell the authorities).

    The LPG system will need to be serviced every year so you should probably tie this in with your car’s annual service.

    As far as the look of the car goes, there’ll be an extra fuel cap added for filling up with LPG and the dashboard or centre console will also have an extra indicator to tell you how much gas you have in your tank.

    When you start the car up, it will run on petrol for a short time – the gas vapouriser needs to heat up so that the LPG doesn’t freeze inside – but it will switch over to LPG without you even noticing.

    A cheaper way to make the switch could be to buy a secondhand car that already has a system fitted, but make sure it comes with the paperwork to say that not only it has been fitted by an UKLPG-approved installer, but has also been regularly serviced and well maintained.

    From a personal perspective, I found LPG to be a great way to save on fuel costs and I’m now looking to make the switch to an LPG converted car, so watch this space.


    The Best Cheap Car Speakers on the Market. #europa #car


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    The Best Cheap Car Speakers on the Market

    Shopping for name-brand speakers can empty your wallet pretty quickly, but there are some great cheap car speakers available if you look for them. A lot of the time cheaper speakers aren’t built by the most well-known brand; other times a more upscale audio brand may offer a bargain-basement line of car speakers for those on a budget. Just like anything else, there are some brands and models that outshine the rest; even when it comes to penny-pinching on your car audio. Here are three cheap options when it comes to low cost car audio.

    Dual Electronics Corporation

    Dual is an up-and-comer in the car audio industry. Because of this, their products are often cheaper than competing products offered by competitors like Pioneer or Jensen. Dual offers an impressive product line of dozens of different options including amplifiers, speakers, subwoofers and head units. Dual also produces a lot of video-capable head units and in-vehicle video screens and related products. Combine the wide range of products with sharp-looking design and competitive features, and this bargain line is a great choice if you’re on a budget. You have to hand it to the designers at Dual for making great looking products at affordable prices; some Dual products have outclassed their more expensive competitors when it comes to presentation. Dual products usually get decent reviews as well, which is comforting. A recent Dual customer remarked: “ Overall, a very nice product. Sounds great, lets me connect my iPod and makes me a happy driver! … I m very happy with all of its features.” Dual may be a good option for the audiophile on a budget.

    Pyle Audio Corporation

    Pyle is another newcomer in the car audio industry, although not as well established as Dual. They also offer attractively styled products at a low price, originally speakers, but now expanding to include head units, amplifiers and video, too. Oddly enough, they also produce a variety of DJ equipment as well. Pyle brand products generally beat Duals in price, but that may come at a cost. In customer reviews the two most common positively reviewed aspects of Pyle Audio products were appearance and price, but sound quality tends to be reviewed as less than average. A Pyle Audio customer recently said “I bought this CD player mainly for the looks, and because I thought for $55 it would at least sound ok. I wasn t expecting pioneer sound quality by any means, but this thing made portable CD-players plugged in with a cassette adapter sound nice.” Yikes. It looks like Pyle Audio may be an acceptable option if you’re on an ultra-low budget, but if you can afford it you may want to look elsewhere.

    If you’re not willing to take the risk of buying an off brand product, you might be surprised at the prices available on some of the basic line products by more established companies like Pioneer. Of course you’re not going to get something with as many options for the same price, but you will have the comfort of knowing that you’re buying from a company with a strong reputation.


    Most Reliable 2014 Cars: Sedans #honda #car


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    Most Reliable 2014 Cars: Sedans

    By Jeff Youngs, May 14, 2014

    Every year, J.D. Power surveys thousands of new- and used-car owners, asking them about what has gone right, what has gone wrong, what they like, and what they dislike about their vehicles. The information is used to measure a variety of individual factors related to vehicle dependability, quality, and overall appeal, among others. Based on the company’s initial quality and vehicle dependability data, J.D. Power predicts how reliable new cars, trucks, and SUVs are likely to be in the future.

    Listed below, in alphabetical order, are the top-rated, non-luxury sedans (and a few 5-door hatchbacks) in terms of predicted reliability, according to J.D. Power.

    2014 Chevrolet Impala

    Though redesigned for the 2014 model year, the Chevy Impala is expected to continue to offer the same level of dependability as the previous model. This new 2014 Impala is offered in LS, LT, and LTZ trim levels, each powered by a choice between a 4-cylinder or V-6 engine. Much roomier than the previous model, the 2014 Impala features advanced safety and infotainment technologies, too.

    2014 Chevrolet Malibu

    Just one year after a complete redesign for 2013. Chevrolet re-boots the Malibu midsize sedan, installing a new standard 4-cylinder engine, repackaging the interior for greater comfort, massaging the underpinnings to improve ride and handling, and offering new safety and infotainment technologies. The 2014 Malibu continues in LS, LT, and LTZ trim levels.

    2014 Chevrolet Volt

    The Chevrolet Volt is not a traditional sedan. Instead, it is a 4-passenger, 5-door hatchback equipped with an electric motor. Plug it in to recharge the battery and enjoy nearly 40 miles of pure electric range. When the battery reaches a minimal state of charge, an onboard generator that runs on gasoline fires up to extend driving range. This unique setup allows a Volt driver to travel the average daily commuting distance using electricity, or to travel non-stop across the country on gasoline.

    2014 Honda Accord

    For 2014, the popular Honda Accord midsize sedan adds a new gas-electric hybrid powertrain that can be upgraded to plug-in hybrid status. Both versions continuously cycle between EV Drive mode, Hybrid Drive mode, and Engine Drive mode to best match power output with driving conditions, and with the plug-in hybrid the Accord can travel approximately 13 miles on electricity alone, according to Honda. The Accord Hybrid is rated to get 47 mpg in combined driving, according to the EPA.

    2014 Honda Civic

    Honda refreshes its popular Civic Sedan for the second year in a row. A continuously variable transmission (CVT) improves fuel economy for the LX, EX, and EX-L trim levels, and all but the LX now feature a new touch-screen infotainment system with a 7-in. display and next-generation connectivity technology and services. New safety and convenience items debut, too, and the racy Civic Si gains a bit more power in addition to bigger wheels and tires.

    2014 Toyota Avalon

    Toyota makes few changes to its full-size Avalon sedan, which was redesigned for the 2013 model year. A reversing camera is standard for 2014, and a couple of lighting changes are new. That means the 2014 Avalon continues in XLE, XLE Premium, XLE Touring, and Limited trim levels, each equipped with a standard V-6 engine. A gas-electric hybrid powertrain is optional, and the EPA says it will get 40 mpg.

    2014 Toyota Camry

    When shopping for a 2014 Toyota Camry, buyers should be aware that a mid-year update to the car’s underlying structure improved crash-test performance. That means it may be wise to look for a 2014.5 model, which also gains a standard reversing camera and can be upgraded with the latest version of Toyota’s Entune infotainment technology. The only other news for this year’s Camry relates to the new SE Sport trim level, which adds bigger wheels, a sunroof, and more; and a limited run of SE Hybrid models .

    2014 Toyota Corolla

    The 2014 Corolla is completely redesigned, featuring what Toyota calls “expressive, chiseled” styling, a roomier interior, and a new LE Eco version that adds power while improving fuel economy. It joins a lineup comprised of L, LE, and S trim levels, the latter equipped with sportier visual cues. Standard equipment for every version includes LED headlights.

    2014 Toyota Prius

    Reliable, affordable, and able to get 50 mpg according to the EPA, the 2014 Prius is also practical thanks to its 5-door hatchback design. Plus, this high-mileage, gas-electric hybrid is available with a Toyota Racing Development package that adds forged aluminum wheels, low-profile tires, and suspension modifications designed to make it more fun around corners.

    2014 Toyota Yaris

    First off, let’s clarify that we’re talking about a 3-door and 5-door hatchback here. The Yaris is no longer offered as a sedan. Secondly, aside from adding standard daytime running lights for 2014, there are no changes to the 2014 Yaris. That means L, LE, and sporty SE versions continue, each equipped with a 106-horsepower, 1.5-liter 4-cylinder engine and a total of 9 air bags.


    Motorpark, Ford, Volvo, Mitsubishi, Toyota, Used Cars, Car Service, Parts Galway, Athlone, Sligo Ford, Volvo, Mitsubishi Dealer BMW #used #cars #in


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    About Motorpark Group

    Motorpark Group comprises of three dealerships, Higgins Motorpark in Galway, Henderson Motorpark in Sligo and Motorpark Athlone in Athlone. As Ireland’s largest and oldest Ford dealer, Motorpark offer the motorist the best prices and the best motoring advice and on purchasing or maintaining their new or used vehicle..

    Motorpark was established in Galway in 1912 as a Ford dealership. The Galway dealership has expanded to become main Ford Mitsubishi and Honda dealers. The 15 bay workshop is also authorised to complete BMW, MINI, Toyota and Mercedes-Benz light commercial aftersales.

    The Motorpark used car departments in Galway, Athlone and Sligo stock various makes and models of cars, 4x4s and vans which are all covered by an extensive mechanical warranty and complete aftersales service. With twenty five years of  BMW vehicle experience, including over twenty one years as an authorised BMW dealer,  Motorpark Galway have introduced a luxury range of used cars including BMW,  Audi, MINI and Mercedes-Benz vehicles.

    Henderson Motorpark in Sligo was acquired by Motorpark in 2008 having previously operated as Henderson Motors. Henderson Motorpark is now Sligo and the North West’s main Ford dealer for sales, Ford service and Ford warranty. Motorpark Sligo stock a range of quality used cars with a full warranty and aftersales service. Henderson Motorpark’s aftersales facility comprises of 8 service bays and a parts department that’s stocks parts for all makes and models of cars.

    Motorpark Athlone was acquired by the Motorpark Group in 2009 and was converted into a main Ford dealership for the mid-west. The Athlone dealership is located in Monksland, Athlone, off Exit 13 of the M6 Motorway. The business operates as main Ford and Volvo dealers for the Midlands and approved Nissan aftersales dealers.

    Motorpark are the leading hub for motoring information, vehicle purchases and the maintenance and servicing of cars in the West of Ireland and Midlands. Motorpark strive to bring you, the motoring public, information which will make your day to day motoring life easier. 

    The Motorpark Group employs almost 100 people throughout our three locations. Through an continued investment in our staff, we are committed to providing an uncompromised motoring service to our local community and customer base. We look forward to welcoming you to one of our Motorpark facilities soon.


    Minivans Buyers Guide – 2016 Minivan Prices, Reviews and Specs #car #comparisons


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    2015 Minivan Buyers Guide

    Minivans remain the practical choice for families of all sizes, as they continue to offer unmatched utility in an efficient, easy-to-live-with package. Most minivans offer three rows of adult-sized seating that have been cleverly designed to maximize cargo capacity. They may be boring, but nothing matches their utility.

    What s New for Minivans in 2016?

    Most families with space needs beyond typical a sedan’s capacity opt for a crossover or SUV. Not the market it once was, a few key players continue to carry the minivan torch into the 2016 model year.

    But just because choices are limited doesn’t mean you shouldn’t buy one. Ask a parent, coach or really anyone who owns one and you’ll probably hear the same thing: there are times when a van just can’t be beat.

    SEE ALSO: Top 10 Reasons to Buy a Minivan

    Choices are few in the minivan world today. The staple Dodge Grand Caravan still exists, but 2016 will probably be the last year it s sold before it gets discontinued. The Chrysler Town Country, the Dodge s corporate twin, is a more luxurious offering and is still a popular choice. Honda. Toyota, Kia and Nissan still offer minivans as well, with neither the Odyssey, Sienna, Sedona or Quest receiving major changes this year.

    What s Coming for Minivans in 2017?


    Montana muscle cars for sale – Wartrol Genital Wart Relief – Nov 25, 2015 #car #paint #colors


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    Montana muscle cars for sale – Wartrol Genital Wart Relief

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    They told you those horrible lumps in your “private parts” are genital warts. You got them from your partner. Ugh!

    They’re gross! They’re ugly! AND, they’re very contagious! You need relief! And you need it NOW!

    Fortunately, you’re at the right place, because we have the answer.

    Yes, there is a homeopathic solution

    Wartrol Homeopathic Genital Wart Relief

    Pacific Naturals has the natural homeopathic solution you’re looking for. Wartrol Homeopathic Genital Wart Relief is a reliable way to solve your problem.

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    Don’t wait any longer! Order your supply of Wartrol Homeopathic Genital Wart Relief now.

    This is Serious

    You’ve probably been told genital warts are contagious. Be sure to inform your partner and always take safe sex precautions.

    Even when the symptoms go away, the virus will remain in your system, sometimes for years. There is no known cure at this time.

    The good news is that Wartrol Homeopathic Wart Relief can ease your symptoms, making life easier for you.

    You didn’t even suspect, and then.

    And then you discovered these funny lumps on and around your private parts. You maybe remembered feeling little “grainy” areas, but didn’t think much about it.

    Then, they began to grow into lumpy “cauliflower” shaped growths. They seem to be growing in clusters.

    If you haven’t done so already, see your primary physician as soon as possible.

    Self Care

    Although they don’t hurt, here a few things you can do to protect yourself and others:

    • Take care not to damage, scratch or pick at these warts.
    • Inform your partner, use a condom, and practice safe sex.
    • Wash your hands thoroughly with hot water and soap.
    • Avoid touching them. Because they are so contagious, you could spread them with your hands.
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    Milwaukee Area Toyota Dealer #car #prices


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    New Toyota, Used Car Sales and Auto Repair in Milwaukee WI

    Milwaukee’s Wilde Toyota in West Allis brings you a great selection of new Toyota cars and used car sales. We also staff the best mechanics in Milwaukee to offer professional auto repair in the Milwaukee area. We also publish money-saving service coupons, because we understand that keeping a car maintained can sometimes be expensive. Conveniently located in West Allis since 1977, we service the greater Milwaukee area including Greenfield, Racine and Glendale.

    ToyotaCare covers normal factory scheduled service for two years or 25,000 miles, whichever comes first. See your Toyota dealer for details and exclusions. Valid only in the continental U.S. and Alaska.

    Of All the Car Dealers in Milwaukee, Why Choose Wilde?

    Since 1977 Wilde Toyota has operated in the same area, invested in our community, and earned the reputation of excellence that keeps our customers coming back. We decided to do away with the high-pressure sales tactics and gimmicks. We wanted to focus on becoming the best car dealer in Milwaukee by offering a tremendous customer experience. That starts with our massive Toyota Inventory.

    Wilde Toyota is Milwaukee’s #1 volume Toyota dealer for new Toyotas. By stocking our lot with over 700 Toyota Models we allow our customers to choose their dream car. When you’ve found what you’re looking for, choosing from our financing options is easy and affordable. By searching our Milwaukee Toyota Inventory you can find any Toyota make or model, schedule a test drive, and request a quote!

    Milwaukee Used Car Sales

    Wilde Toyota is Wisconsin’s #1 Volume Toyota Certified Used Vehicle dealer. Our Certified Pre-Owned Toyotas have gone through a rigorous 160-point inspection, and a CARFAX vehicle history report is reviewed to make sure only the best vehicles make it onto the show floor for purchase. We also serve as a Milwaukee Car Dealership offering used car specials. Our Milwaukee Used Cars are always priced competetively and are available to view on our website, or in person!

    Milwaukee Mechanics and Auto Repair

    Wilde Toyota boasts some of the most highly-qualified, factory-trained mechanics in Milwaukee so we may provide exceptional service for your Toyota. Our Auto Repair Center is consistently stocked with a large variety of Toyota parts and accessories so we can get you back on the road as soon as possible. From oil changes to transmission replacements, we are dedicated to maintaining top tier customer service, for both new and used car buyers. We also offer monthly Auto Repair Service Coupons to our customers to keep costs as low as possible. Use our Online Service Appointment page to set up an appointment with the best mechanics in Milwaukee!

    We look forward to serving your automotive needs and hope you choose Wilde Toyota for your next Toyota or used car purchase in Milwaukee.


    Minivans to become all the rage in China – The Globe and Mail #sports #car


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    Minivans to become all the rage in China Add to.

    Auto makers are betting that Chinese families will embrace the mini-van, hoping the larger, unsexy sibling of the bestselling SUV will become the next big thing just as Beijing relaxes the one-child policy.

    Mini-vans, or multi-purpose vehicles (MPVs), were front and center at the Guangzhou auto show, where Volkswagen AG presented a supersized version of its Touran and Guangzhou Automobile Group subsidiary GAC Motor showcased a prototype mini-van. The show ended Sunday.

    These seven-seaters currently account for just 10 per cent of passenger car sales in China, but sales are growing at a faster pace than the entire auto market, the world’s largest.

    Industry experts say the appetite for bigger cars is strong enough in China, where extended families often live under one roof, to potentially turn it into the largest MPV market after the United States, where auto makers have sold big cars to families for years.

    At the end of October, China further relaxed its one-child policy, a move which experts said would not necessarily lead to a sudden increase in the size of the average family.

    But Chinese authorities hope it will help boost the population to 1.45 billion by 2030 from 1.37 billion at the end of last year.

    “After the roll out of the two-child policy, I believe the market share of 7-seat SUVs and MPVs will further strengthen,” Wu Song, GAC Motor’s general manager, told Reuters.

    MPV sales for the first 10 months of the year grew 7.8 per cent, according to the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers, outperforming the 1.5 per cent growth in the overall car market.

    FAMILY FRIENDLY

    The focus on Chinese families is relatively new for MPV makers which for years targeted companies seeking large, luxurious models for executives or small businesses that need a workhorse to haul goods and staff.

    Many households include at least one set of grandparents, as they play a key role in childcare. These extended families, coupled with restrictions in most major cities on owning a second car, give MPVs an advantage over the five-seat sports utility vehicles (SUVs) that currently account for the bulk of passenger car sales growth.

    “The cost of owning two vehicles is high. That is why demand for seven-seat vehicles has grown greatly,” said Gustavo Céspedes, executive vice president of General Motor’s joint venture with SAIC Motor and Wuling Motor which makes China’s best selling MPVs.

    GM and its partners account for more than half of all MPV sales. The top seller is the Wuling Hongguang, a utilitarian mini van that starts at 42,800 yuan ($8,930), but the more family friendly Baojun 730, which starts at 69,800 yuan ($14,560), became the second most popular MPV just one year after it was launched.

    Spurred by the rapid success of the Baojun, rival Geely Automobile Holdings is designing a mini-van for families, a person familiar with the matter said. A company spokesman said it was too early to discuss future products.

    GAC Motor also sees opportunity in families. Design director Zhang Fan said GAC started working on a car two years ago to fill the gap between basic mini-vans and high-end models such as Toyota Motor Corp’s Alphard, which starts at 759,000 yuan. “That gap is actually quite lucrative,” he added.

    The rising popularity of the lumbering MPV shows that more Chinese consumers are becoming savvy and choosing cars that meet their needs, and not because of the status they confer.

    Ma Li, a plastic surgeon in Beijing, bought an MPV because he said its sliding doors were safer for his 10-year-old son.

    “I didn’t think at all how my friends would view this car,” Ma added. “The important consideration was the practical use.”