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Europcar research shows hirers favour eco diesel cars

Europcar1Data collated by global car hire supplier Europcar shows that drivers have not fallen out of love with diesel. Europcar quizzed hirers who opted for the firm’s Model Guaranteed programme and found that 63 per cent preferred diesel-powered vehicles.

Commenting on the poll’s findings, UK managing director Gary Smith said hirers were savvy and had cottoned on to the fact Europcar’s diesel fleet used Euro 6 design. This genre of diesel engine employs state-of-the-art technology which cuts down on CO2 emissions when compared to older varieties of the engine.

Mr Smith explained that Euro 6 engines also reduced fuel consumption. He noted that hirers’ preference for diesels flew in the face of current trends which were ready to see this type of power unit consigned to the pages of history books.

The UK government has recently released proposals which could end up with diesel car owners being penalised. The only exemption in the proposals is Euro 6. The blueprint for the government’s Clean Air Zone Framework also proposes introducing measures to spur new car buyers into choosing electric and cutting the maximum speed limit on the UK’s roads by 10mph.

If the results of the Europcar study are anything to go, electric cars have a long way to go before they become the first choice. Gary Smith stated that 78 per cent of hirers said they would prefer not to rent electric vehicles. He finished off with the codicil that Europcar planned to address the issue and try to overcome misgivings about this kind of car.

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