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Fiat and Ford get green car garlands

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16:40 CEST+02:00
Fiat and Ford shared the top spot when the Swedish Association of Green Motorists (Gröna Bilister) presented its list of the best green cars of 2007 on Monday.

The gas-driven Fiat Punto Biopower scored highly for its fuel efficiency while last year's winner, the Ford Focus FFV, is still ranked highest among ethanol-powered cars. Both cars also garnered praise for their low fuel emissions and excellent safety.

Sales of environmentally friendly cars have shot up in Sweden since the government introduced a new 'green cars bonus' on April 1st. The scheme entitles buyers to a 10,000 kronor ($1,400) reduction.

In May, a record 4,900 new green cars were registered and annual sales for 2007 are expected to break new records. There is also a greater selection of green cars on the market than ever before.

Sweden's best-selling green car is the Saab 9-5 Biopower, followed by the Ford Focus FFV and the Volvo V50 Flexifuel.

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