'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.


Priced at $24,400 MSPR, the Altima Hybrid has been certified by the Internal Revenue Service as meeting the requirements for the Alternative Motor Vehicle Credit, thereby qualifying for a tax credit of $2,350.

The Small Hybrid Sports Concept is a sports car that features advanced hybrid technology - proving stylish design and driving enjoyment can be combined with low environmental impact. It was designed by Honda R and D Europe, based in Offenbach, Germany.

A UK government challenge to produce a medium/small vehicle with CO2 emissions of less than 100 g/km has seen engineering company Ricardo team up with PSA Peugeot Citroen and UK research group QinetiQ to develop an innovative diesel full-hybrid.


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