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New record for low-emission car sales

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New record for low-emission car sales
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22:15 CEST+02:00
Sales of environmentally-friendly cars are at a record high in Sweden, which now enjoys the fastest-falling carbon dioxide emissions levels for new cars.

The number of diesel cars is also increasing rapidly.

During the first half of the year, 23,058 'green' cars were sold in Sweden, representing an increase of 25 percent compared to the same period in 2006. The surge means that low-emission vehicles accounted for 15.2 percent of all newly-registered cars.

"Sweden is taking the lead in Europe's environmentally-friendly car league," said Environment Minister Andreas Carlgren , speaking at a press conference held to present the half-yearly statistics from Swedish car industry organization Bil Sweden.

Despite the step forward, Carlgren called for further fuel-efficiencies in green cars and improved ethanol.

"We need a quality stamp on ethanol," he argued.

According to Bil Sweden , carbon dioxide emissions from new cars are falling faster in Sweden than anywhere else in Europe and within a year Sweden will top the league for lowest emissions.

"The green car tax break of 10,000 kronor for private individuals has contributed enormously to the record high sales of environmentally-friendly cars," said Bil Sweden's managing director Bertil Moldén.

"And the major manufacturers have large order stocks of green cars which have not yet been delivered. It could take up to half a year before the orders hit the statistics."

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