A record amount of drivers in the United Kingdom are searching for fuel-efficient, eco-friendly vehicles, and green car sales are going to sky rocket over the coming months, a new report says.
According to Motoring.co.uk, the interest in low emission vehicles is at its highest level at any time, with consumer interest rising 28% between December 2010 and April 2011.
As fuel costs hit all-time highs, hard-pressed car owners are looking towards vehicles which promise cash savings, it said.
Toyota’s leading hybrid the Prius witnessed sales rise by 51.5% in the 1st quarter of 2011, while car buyers have already placed 550 orders for Nissan’s new all-electric Leaf.
Chris Green, co-founder and sales director of Motoring.co.uk, said: “Our research on the growing demand for greener new cars backs up the recent SMMT’s figures on 11-plate new car registrations, which show that less polluting cars dominate new car sales in 2011, so far.
Source: Press Association
“In the future, we will see more and more people opting for cars that are cheap to maintain rather than splashing out on models to impress the neighbours! We estimate that demand for greener cars will increase dramatically over the next 18 months.”