Published on August 1st, 2019 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez


Cars really are getting bigger, while parking spaces are not

Cars gaining width and their owners gaining weight…how?

We are sure you have experienced this in one way or another.  


You find a parking spot on the street side and when you try and squeeze in, the other two vehicles (front and back) have inched their bumpers into your space.

You find a parking spot in a mall. You squeeze in and then you cannot open your door wide enough to get out of your car without denting the car next to you.

This is a 20th century problem and one that will ‘NEVER’ do away.

All new vehicles launched are getting bigger by millimeters in every direction and new car buyers always want a bigger car.

New cars have grown as much as 25% over the past 30 years (check the 1st generation Honda Civic and the current sleek version) and the car parking spaces are still the same size. Then to make things worse, there has been a huge surge in big 4x4s and SUVs and they’re all trying to cram themselves into our shrinking car parks.

So car parks have not grown alongside the vehicles parking in them. 

Average parking space: 4.8 x 2.4 metres and here are some new SUV sizes to compare with

Mercedes GLS: 5.05 x 1.98 metres

Audi Q7: 5.05 x 1.96 metres

Volvo XC90: 4.95 x 2 metres

BMW X5: 4.88 x 1.93 metres

MINI WRC meets 1968 Cooper S


We need to get the town councils and mall owners to work together to get new lines drawn in to suit fattening vehicles and their owners.

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