Green car demand 'at all-time high'

A record number of motorists in the UK are looking for fuel-efficient, eco-friendly cars, and green vehicle sales are set to soar over the coming months, a new report says.

According to, the demand for low emission cars is at its highest level ever, with buyer interest rising 28% between December 2010 and April this year.

As fuel costs hit all-time highs, hard-pressed motorists are turning to cars that promise cash savings, it said.

Toyota's flagship hybrid Prius saw sales go up by 51.5% in the first quarter of the year, while customers have already put in 550 orders for Nissan's new all-electric Leaf.

Chris Green, co-founder and sales director of, 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.

"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."

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