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Brits still opting for gas guzzlers

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Despite growing awareness over global warming, research from Direct Line Car Insurance reveals that 1.2 million motorists who intend to buy a car over the course of the next year will purchase either a people carrier or a 4X4.

In fact, motorists are four times more likely to buy a less fuel efficient vehicle than the more environmentally friendly hybrid or ‘eco’ cars this year.

With new car registration plates out on 1 March, many motor enthusiasts have already set their sights on securing one of their favourite brand new vehicles with over a fifth planning on purchasing a brand new car within the next 12 months.

When it comes to car brands the most popular brands are still Ford, Toyota and Vauxhall. Despite the recent trends for more retro style cars, the Mini comes at the bottom of the wish list. Conservative choices lead the way on colour with silver/grey topping the list, followed by blue and red.

Tony Chilcott, head of car insurance at Direct Line, said: “As a nation, we take pride in our cars and with new car registration plates available in the Spring, March is a popular time of year for people to purchase a new one.

“Choosing a more fuel efficient car can limit further damage to the environment, as well as provide financial benefits. And with ever increasing petrol prices, drivers are always looking for ways to cut the costs of motoring. If you are buying a new vehicle, it is quick and easy to amend your existing insurance policy. Direct Line is offering competitive quotes on brand new vehicles currently.”

Direct Line’s top tips on saving money when buying a new car include buying cars with smaller engines to take advantage of cheaper road tax and making sure tyre pressures are right to reduce fuel consumption. 


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