Car sales drop to pre-1970s level

by EcoStreet on September 9, 2008

in Responsible Transport

It sounds almost too good to be true, but true it is. The ETA has confirmed that fewer cards were sold this August in the UK than since the same month in 1966. The drop in sales is being felt particularly by bigger, luxury car manufacturers with Aston Martin sales down a whopping 67%, Land Rover sales down 58% and Jaguar sales down 41%. Car sales on the whole are down only 18.7% since last year, so it concludes that buyers of new cars are going for smaller, more efficient cars to save on fuel and car tax.

If you’re in the market for a car, you may want to consider keeping with this trend to be kinder on the environment and your wallet. The ETA have made it easier by publishing a list of the 10 best and 10 worst cars as far as efficiency and kindness to the environment goes.

10 best cars

1. Toyota Yaris
2. Honda Civic Hybrid
3. Toyota Prius
4. Renault Modus
5. Citroën C1
6. Peugeot 107
7. Toyota Aygo
8. Renault Clio
9. Toyota Auris
10. Suzuki Swift

10 worst cars

1. Dodge SRT10
2. Lamborghini Murcielago Model Year 2007
3. Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano
4. Ferrari 612 Scaglietti
5. Bentley Motors Arnage (from 2007 model year)
6. Bentley Motors Azure (from 2007 model year)
7. Bentley Motors Continental (from 2007 model year)
8. Ferrari F430
9. Ferrari F430 Spider
10. Aston Martin Lagonda DBS

[via: ETA]

P.S. If you’re looking for more eco-friendly breakdown cover for your car, the ETA is the best option.

Photo credit: preciouskhyatt

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James September 16, 2008 at 10:10 am


I was struggling to decide between a Lamborghini Murcielago and a Peugeot 107, but now my mind is made up 😉

Seriously, a good article, but maybe you should concentrate on realistic cars that people buy in the 10 worst (such as 4x4s, which never get near a field let alone off-road).

How good the emissions and how healthy the car is for the planet should definately be important factors, but for a lot of people it’s just down to what’s trendy and what looks good. As soon as car manufacturers get serious about global warming and make their flagship ranges eco-friendly, not just some “side project” car to release to appease the “do gooders” then we’ll see a difference.

Imagine if the car everyone was talking about in the media, on shows like Top Gear and in lads mags was the new eco car, which looks really cool.


The Daily Times April 9, 2009 at 11:18 pm

An interesting view of the automotive industry. Where do you see the future of the industry, will it ever recover or will there be major casulties?


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