Toyota Prius, VW Lupo greenest cars in France

31st March 2004, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, March 31 (AFP) - Toyota's hybrid petrol-electric car, the Prius, and a diesel-powered Volkswagen model, the Lupo, on Wednesday topped the 2003 cleaner-car list issued by a French environmental and energy agency, Ademe.

PARIS, March 31 (AFP) - Toyota's hybrid petrol-electric car, the Prius, and a diesel-powered Volkswagen model, the Lupo, on Wednesday topped the 2003 cleaner-car list issued by a French environmental and energy agency, Ademe.

The list is issued annually with the aim of encouraging buyers to turn to models that emit less carbon dioxide (CO2) and other gases blamed for global warming.

Only a handful of Priuses and Lupos were sold in France last year, the agency said.

It added that it regretted rising sales of large saloons and four-wheeled drive vehicles, which are the least energy efficient cars and emit the most pollution.

© AFP

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