'Green' Cars Muscle Guzzlers Off the Road in UK

Shifting car sales from gas guzzlers to low-carbon cars shows market is adapting to higher fuel prices.

Published: 29-Jan-2008

More green cars than gas-guzzlers will be sold this year for the first time as drivers respond to rising fuel prices and environmental concerns.

Sales of new cars in the £300-a-year top road tax band fell last year by 15 per cent to the lowest level on record, according to industry figures obtained by The Times. Sales of low-emission cars in bands A and B — which are either zero-rated for road tax or pay £35 — leapt by 17 per cent.

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) forecasts that sales of band G cars paying £300, such as the Porsche Cayenne and the BMW 7 series, will continue to fall sharply and be overtaken this year by sales of cars in bands A and B.

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