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Motorists becoming more 'green'

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More drivers are becoming aware of green motoring during the recession, according to a new survey.

Auto Trader found 51% of motorists are thinking about purchasing an environmentally-friendly car, while 42% claim their next car will have lower CO2 emissions than their current one, which may even bring down the cost of their car insurance.

A total of 2,000 motorists were questioned and two in five said car manufacturers were not doing enough to make vehicles environmentally-friendly and nearly 45% thought the Government was not doing all it could.

However, 61% said the Government should not make gas-guzzling car drivers pay more taxes.

Motorists thought Toyota was the "greenest" car manufacturer, followed by Honda, BMW, Volkswagen and Lexus.

It also found 70% of drivers would rather have a green vehicle than a standard one if it was good on fuel consumption, and 62% would swap if the road tax and congestion charges were less.

Also, 63% said they would think about the impact their car has on the environmental when looking to buy a new car, but for 85% the price is still a top priority.

Fuel consumption is an important factor for 77%, and 66% said actual performance of the car was key.

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