New cars could save motorists money in the long run

Mon, 10 Nov 2008
Motorists looking for car buying advice may be better off with a more modern vehicle if they want to cut costs and reduce their carbon footprint, according to new research.

A study by Europcar has shown motorists who adopt eco-friendly driving techniques in a new motor can save up to £800 a year more than those who try the same thing in an older model.

A variety of cars were driven around the M25.

It was revealed the older models were able to achieve a three per cent improvement on the fuel economy figures for their models published by the Vehicle Certification Agency.

Meanwhile, the more modern vehicles showed a 14 per cent improvement.

Commenting on the research, Europcar's fleet director Tim Bailey stated: "Our experiment shows not only that driving the newer cars will save you money, but also that the driving style adopted plays a huge part in ... fuel economy."

In other news, the company recently claimed sticking to the speed limit could help motorists stay calm behind the wheel.

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