Car buyers are turning green, with the number of people buying vehicles on environmental grounds trebling in the last 12 months, it was revealed today.
In February last year, just 6 per cent of car buyers said they would go for an environmentally-friendly model in their next purchase.
Twelve months on, that number has grown to 20 per cent, according to a poll of 10,000 conducted by AA Personal Loans.
The survey also revealed that the number of purchasers going for the green option has increased for five consecutive three-month periods.
Which? Motoring Editor Richard Headland said: ‘This survey by the AA demonstrates the importance car buyers are now placing on the environment and fuel usage. Opting for a car with lower emissions and better fuel economy not only gives buyers a ‘green’ buzz but helps to reduce their bills for fuel and road tax, too.
‘When we surveyed around 25,000 Which? readers last year, 94 per cent wanted fuel efficient cars to be cheaper to buy, while 76 per cent backed tax increases for fuel inefficient cars – so we think the tide is definitely turning towards greener options.’
The AA Personal Loans survey also found that 31 per cent wanted a reliable car that was cheap to maintain – up 11 per cent on a year ago, while 27 per cent wanted better fuel economy and to be in a lower insurance premium range.
Twenty five per cent plan to buy a car this year, with the average price paid up from £9,342 last year to £10,136 this year.