Sales of alternative energy cars rise in Germany

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29 November 2006, Hamburg (dpa) - Sales of cars using alternative energy such as hybrid, natural gas, liquid gas or ethanol have been steadily increasing this year, according to figures released recently. With fuel prices at a record high, consumers are focusing on a vehicle's fuel consumption as one of the main buying factors, according to the Germany-based international motor vehicle manufacturers association VDIK. The average fuel consumption of all passenger cars sold in 2005, including off-roaders, ha

29 November 2006

Hamburg (dpa) - Sales of cars using alternative energy such as hybrid, natural gas, liquid gas or ethanol have been steadily increasing this year, according to figures released recently.

With fuel prices at a record high, consumers are focusing on a vehicle's fuel consumption as one of the main buying factors, according to the Germany-based international motor vehicle manufacturers association VDIK.

The average fuel consumption of all passenger cars sold in 2005, including off-roaders, has been reduced to 6.8 l/100km, the VDIK said.

Passenger cars sold until this August in Europe totalled 831,000 units.

According to the German vehicle registration authority (KBA) some 2,180 new cars running on natural gas (CNG) were registered in October 2006 - an increase of 300 per cent over the same month last year. Some 412 cars with hybrid technology and 429 cars running on liquid petroleum gas (LPG) were sold in the same month.

Diesel cars, which have a lower fuel consumption than petrol- driven cars, were also a beneficiary from the trend.

In the first seven months of this year, sales of diesel-powered cars climbed by three per cent to 4.59 million units worldwide while sales of cars with petrol engines fell by two per cent, VDIK said.

DPA

Subject: German news

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