My car is the oldest in my school's carpark by nearly 20 years. The rest of the vehicles there are massive bulbous SUVs promenading up and down to show how successful they are/better than everybody else's. All my classmates wish to have a Mini or Audi or BMW, not even anything sensible or cheap to buy outright like an Aygo! Nobody is interested anymore in the idea of utility and simplicity, it's all about bigger is better. Seems to be a bit of a fad to me, much like people carriers were the family cars of the early 2000s. Where have all the people carriers gone? I'd wager they were replaced by an SUV crossover thing.
This is a good one
When Father Fumbler was a sales rep, one of his colleagues plonked this photo down on his desk. The one-upmanship battle with the reps' company cars has shifted to the general public and their big SUV status symbols. In fact, it's summed up brilliantly in the episode's introduction:
"The thing about your company car is it's a very specific sign to everybody to what level you've reached within the company."