Number of big cars jumped in past decade

Motor industry watchers warn of trend's environmental impact

The population of cars with engines that are more than 1,600cc or that produce more than 130bhp has increased by 27 per cent from 2009 to 2019, said LTA. PHOTO: ST FILE
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The number of cars with bigger and more powerful engines on our roads has jumped in the past decade, and is set to overtake those with smaller engines - a trend which could have implications for resources and emissions.

This is because Open category certificates of entitlement (COEs) - which can be used to register any vehicle type except motorcycles - end up being used almost exclusively for bigger cars, as those who sell or buy bigger cars have stronger bidding power.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 25, 2020, with the headline Number of big cars jumped in past decade. Subscribe