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Top 20: Fastest disappearing cars from UK roads

We've been crunching data again to come up with the definitive list of cars that are most rapidly disappearing from our roads - and looking at the 20 cars featured, it's a case of natural selection working in our favour.

What we did was gather the numbers of all types of cars on the road between the end of 2007 and 2011. Then, we calculated the percentage remaining for all cars at the end of the five-year period, with the intention of working out which cars are disappearing the quickest, and how many are left. If you're a fan of unloved 1990s family cars, the read 'em and weep - for they are going fast. If you want one, be quick before they're all gone!

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Daewoo Espero. Population in 2007: 4805, population in 2011: 622,
for 12.94% of '07 cars remaining

In 1994, Daewoo entered the UK market, with a brave attempt to try and re-shape the buying experience. So the cars had fixed, no-haggle, prices, the showrooms lacked salesmen, and you took your car to Halfords for servicing. The experiment didn't work in the UK, and anyone who owned one will tell you these early GM-platform cars were really not good enough.

The Espero was an interesting looking car, though - with hints of Citroen XM in its styling. The underpinnings were shared with the Vauxhall Cavalier Mk2, and the engines weren't really strong enough for the job in hand. They briefly became a minicabber's favourite, but now - knocking on - they're disappearing incredibly quickly. Some would say that's for the best, but the remaining few cars are a fascinating reminder of an interesting UK retail might-have-been.


   on 22 October 2017

We have a SLX Coupe 1987
Still going strong garaged and
Off the road for the British winters ,

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DarylDixon    on 23 October 2023

It's fascinating to see the Daewoo Espero topping the list of rapidly disappearing cars from UK roads. The unique approach Daewoo took in the UK market, from fixed prices to servicing at Halfords, was indeed a bold experiment. The Espero's design, reminiscent of the Citroen XM, and its shared underpinnings with the Vauxhall Cavalier Mk2, make it a notable mention in automotive history. While I reminisce about these classic cars, I'm also working on a programming research paper. I've been considering using for some expert insights. Has anyone here tried their services? And for car enthusiasts, do you believe there's a chance for such classic models to make a comeback in modern times?

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