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UK buying public shows demand for low carbon cars

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The used cars sector could soon see an increase in demand for low carbon models, if buyer preferences in the new vehicles market are anything to go by.

According to the latest data from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), 366,101 new cars were registered in March, a decline of 7.9 per cent on the same month in 2010.

However, the records for the whole of the first quarter of 2011 show that the average carbon emissions for all new vehicles have reached their lowest ever point, down 3.4 per cent to 140.3g/km.

SMMT chief executive Paul Everitt said it is pleasing to see buyers taking a more environmentally-friendly approach.

"Despite a dip versus 2010, the market remains on course to meet SMMT's forecast for the year with motorists buying increasingly fuel-efficient and low emitting vehicles across every segment," he said.

Recent research published by the SMMT revealed that the average carbon emissions of new vehicles registered in the UK have fallen by over 20 per cent since 2000.

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