Car buyers look for low emissions

Climate-conscious Brits are increasingly going green, with a quarter (26%) of drivers choosing carbon footprint as a top priority when buying a new car, according to new research from AA Cars, the AA’s used car website.

The AA-Populus poll, which surveyed over 17,000 drivers, found that apart from comfort and safety, low CO2 emissions was the biggest factor for consumers when looking for a new car.

On top of this, the number of Brits (15%) that consider low toxic emissions – that fall under the Euro Standard – as a key consideration has rocketed in the last 10 months ago, with only a fraction (one per cent) of Brits chose it as the top priority in April last year.

On top of this, the number of Brits (15%) that consider low toxic emissions – that fall under the Euro Standard – as a key consideration has rocketed in the last 10 months when only a fraction (one per cent) of Brits chose it as the top priority.

The latest SMMT data reveals that the sales of AFV’s has increased by over a third (34%) in the last year despite overall sales of new cars suffering over the same period.

Simon Benson, director of motoring services at AA Cars, says, ‘Over the course of the last year, there’s been a notable shift in drivers’ priorities when it comes to buying new cars – one of the most striking trends amongst consumers is to more consciously consider the ‘green’ aspects of their next vehicle when heading down to the forecourt.

‘While this overall shift to a greener mindset is to be applauded, some clarity from the government around emitting vehicles would be welcomed. Many hoped this would be cleared up in last year’s Budget announcement but sadly millions of car owners were left scratching their heads as to what this all means for them and their vehicles.’