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D-2 before the famous vote at the end of which the Paris City Hall could set up a differentiated and significantly higher rate for owners of certain vehicles who want to park their vehicle in the capital (voting details here). Even if they will not be the only ones concerned given the regulatory difficulty in defining what an SUV is, they are the first to be targeted and the communication from the Parisian authorities aims to discredit them in the first place.
We were surprised not to see the manufacturers react, one of them has finally made his position known on the subject. Without much surprise, it is a brand that has made this bodywork its new great specialty, Ford. And it is more precisely its president, Louis-Carl Vignon, who spoke on this subject in a post published on LinkedIn.
More or less SUVs in Paris, a “leading question to say the least”
For him, asking Parisians if they want fewer SUVs in the capital is “like asking if you want to eat more or less salty, pay more or less, less systematically wins.” He sees it as a “leading question to say the least” and the answer to which naturally leans in favor of the less.
According to him, the problem of differentiated parking would have little impact on the inhabitants of the capital, more on Ile-de-France residents in the broad sense, those “who come to work in Paris during the week, to go shopping, to take care of themselves or to see a show on the weekend. Since, according to his calculations, of the 1.6 million households which have opted for an SUV over the last 5 years in Île-de-France, only 240,000 are Parisian households, this puts aside no less than 1, 4 million Ile-de-France residents.
An interesting counterargument
Are SUVs the monsters of the road that some denounce? We have already asked this question in the past. It’s Ford’s turn to respond with similar arguments. “The reality is more nuanced,” replies Louis-Carl Vignon, giving two examples, that of the Puma which “measures only 10 cm more than a Fiesta” and the Kuga which “measures 25 cm less than a Mondeo with which he shares his platform”.
Even more interesting, he explains that many SUV customers are what he calls “downgraders”, in other words people who “choose a more compact vehicle, easier to park, without giving up space interior”. As such, a Kuga (4.61 m long, 2 m wide and 1.68 m high) offers as much space as a much more bulky Mondeo (4.87 m long, 1.91 m wide, 1.48 m high). And if it clearly exceeds the 1.6 tonne mark, the threshold set by the Paris City Hall for thermal cars which will have to pay more, it is because the batteries of its hybrid and rechargeable hybrid variants weigh heavily but it allow you to consume no more than a petrol city car.
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To sum up
We were surprised not to see any manufacturer communicate on this subject. Two days before the vote which will determine the fate of SUV parking in Paris, Ford is firmly opposed to an increase in parking for elevated vehicles.
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