Only six per cent of motorists in the Midlands - the home of Land Rover - intend buying a 4x4 vehicle this year, it is claimed today .
In fact, off-road vehicles are being bought by drivers who need them the least, according to survey carried out by AA Personal Loans.
For despite heavy traffic and relatively smooth roads, Londoners are the most likely (16 per cent) to buy 4x4 off-road vehicles while despite Scotland's weather and rough terrain, motorists north of the border are least likely (eight per cent) to opt for one.
Drivers in their 30s - the most likely group to have a family and in greatest need of a roomy vehicle - are least likely to afford a 4x4, with only seven per cent planning to buy one this year.
The survey of 2,000 motor-ists across the country also showed:
* 19 per cent of those in their 20s will opt for a supermini;
* 16 per cent of motorists will buy purely on instinct without doing research first;
* Those over 50 are keenest on large off-road vehicles;
* 28 per cent of women drivers opt for small family vehicles, with north of England drivers of both sexes the keenest on this class of car;
* Just four per cent of Welsh drivers will opt for a sports car this year.