Are car leasing customers opting for greener models?

JonathanMarch 23, 2011

A new survey has suggested that car leasing customers are considering a vehicle’s green credentials before picking a model.

Conducted by HPI, the report spoke to dealers and found that there has been a 52 per cent increase in the number that claim carbon emissions play a large role in influencing the decisions of their customers when searching for a car in the past three years.

Some 71 per cent said that environmental factors are one consideration that is important for drivers in 2010, compared to 45 per cent in 2007, while 59 per cent of dealers also revealed that their customers ask for carbon emissions data.

Daniel Burgess, director of automotive at HPI, commented: “Our survey results show that car dealers are witnessing a change in car buyers’ attitudes towards making greener choices.”

Nissan recently delivered the first of its LEAF electric-only car in the UK, one of the first mass produced vehicles of its kind aimed at family use.

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