What does MPV stand for in cars?
MPV stands for ‘multi-purpose vehicle’ and is another name for people carriers. They are typically like a large hatchback created with the needs of families and sports enthusiasts in mind.
Multi-purpose vehicles are designed to be spacious enough to shuttle at least 5 to 7 people in comfort. For that reason, no other body style can compete with their interior space and practicality. They may not come with the off-roading abilities and rugged styling of SUVs but they make up for that with a larger size and a more practical and functional design. For that reason, MPVs are natural people carriers or minivans.
MPVs became quite popular with families in the mid-1980s thanks to their raised roofline, higher seating, huge windows, comfort and practicality. These cars were made to carry big families or groups of people with ease, and they still do that really well.
Sales of people carriers peaked in the 1990s, with most manufacturers launching their own models – think about the Ford Galaxy or the Renault Scenic. However, in more recent times the rise in popularity of SUVs has impacted MPV sales, with customers opting for sportier looks and all-wheel drive (AWD).
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