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Survey says petrol cars still more popular than diesels

09 June, 2011
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Petrol cars still beat diesel models in the popularity stakes despite the typically higher fuel economy of diesel engines, a study of UK motorists shows.

ContractHireAndLeasing.com asked more than 1,700 people: 'When you next change your car, what type of fuel will you opt for?' of which 35% opted for a petrol model compared with 25% for diesel.

High diesel prices may be making car buyers think twice about running a diesel car despite the typically strong fuel efficiency of these cars, claims the report. Such efficiency capabilities are helping to boost interest in hybrid models, however, as 10% of those surveyed said they would buy a hybrid. Alternative fuel vehicles, including hybrids, claimed just 1.1% of the UK's new car market in 2010.

Electric cars are failing to spark much interest, with just 2% of those surveyed saying they would opt for one.