Fuel Efficient Vehicle
One way to cut back on the amount you spend is to buy a new and more fuel efficient diesel or electric car. If you have recently purchased a new car then you probably won't want to go researching into another car and go through the process of buying it! However it is worth remembering for when you do come to buy your next car. Remember that research pays off so you can get the best car for the best price.
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If you are interested in buying a new car, you have several different power options from which to choose. There are now many energy efficient models available -- and many of these have ecological safeguards in place to reduce emissions. In addition, cars powered by alternative sources are rapidly becoming more and more popular, both for their economic compatibility and their eco-friendly emission ratings. There are three main types of no-petrol based energy efficient cars available on the mass market: Diesel, Electric, and Hybrid.
The number of diesel cars sold in the UK is increasing every year. According to topgear.com (http://www.topgear.com/uk/car-news/uk-top-ten-cars-2010-2011-01-07), the number of diesel cars purchased in the UK rose to 46.1% of the market in 2009. The best selling diesel car in the UK is the Smart Fortwo cdi. Getting an outstanding 83.1mpg, this tiny car seats two and is primarily a city car -- not great if you want to take long road trips. http://cars.uk.msn.com/reviews/articles.aspx?cp-documentid=153419349 If you plan on making those trips, a better diesel bet for you would be the Ford Fiesta. With prices ranging from 10,300 Pounds to 16,600 Pounds, there are many diesel models available to choose from the 106 versions of this popular supermini. A five-speed manual transmission with a turbocharged direct injection fuel delivery system gets, on average, 78mpg. (http://www.topgear.com/uk/ford/fiesta/spec/b4-147715-1)
While diesel cars make up the bulk of the non-standard market for cars, there has been a recent upsurge in electric cars, as well. These cars run completely on electricity with no petrol involved, charging in a home garage or at special charging stations. The most popular-selling electric car in the world- the GEM - is available in the UK as of 2010. (http://www.eta.co.uk/2010/03/23/world%E2%80%99s-best-selling-electric-car-now-available-britain) These tiny cars can get to a speed of 30mph and have a traveling range of up to 30 miles.
Possibly the most well known type of alternative energy powered car is the hybrid model. Hybrid cars are powered by a combination of petrol and an electric motor that can not only power the car but also generate power for itself, drawing energy from the batteries for acceleration and returning the energy during deceleration. http://auto.howstuffworks.com/hybrid-car2.htm. The most well-known hybrid car is the Toyota Prius, which was greatly affected by a world wide recall of the model in 2010. However, even with the recall, the Prius is still the best selling model in the UK. With a price tag starting at 18,370 pounds, it continues with each generation to be the most reliable hybrid model available. However, in 2011, it will be getting competition from a new generation of Honda Civic Hybrids. (http://www.thegreencarwebsite.co.uk/blog/)
Even if you are not interested in a car that is alternatively powered, there are many petrol-powered cars that are incredibly energy efficient, including best seller Vauxhall Astra - the second best selling car in the UK in 2010.
With the number of choices available to the buyer, finding an energy efficient car that fits your specifications and your budget may be easier than you think. With the multiple options you have to choose from, whether you prefer petrol powered, electric, or somewhere in between, making the eco-friendly choice when you buy a car shouldn't throw up too many headaches.
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