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European drivers 'going green'

Wed, 19 Aug 2009
People across Europe may be starting to prioritise green credentials when buying a car, if new figures are anything to go by.

Statistics from automotive information company Jato Dynamics have shown sales of vehicles powered by certain eco fuels doubled in July, compared with the same month in 2008.

However, such options may not be as popular with Brits as they are with some of our European neighbours.

Italians were shown to be the most receptive to the use of eco fuels, with motorists in France, Sweden and Germany also found to be open to the idea of alternative forms of power.

Jato Dynamics put this down to government-backed incentives in such countries designed to encourage drivers to reduce their carbon footprints.

The group's figures also revealed small cars are doing better than larger, less economical models across the continent.

Previously, the firm reported automotive markets in eastern and central Europe have really struggled so far in 2009.

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