Blog: SMMT CO2 seminar
Dave Leggett | 9 May 2003
Governments can tinker with regulations and tax breaks to further encourage diesels and hybrids but the real challenge is the consumer. Don Potts - Volvo Car's UK environmental adviser - put it succinctly: environmental concerns in terms of buyers' ranked vehicle characteristic preferences are vieing way down the list with in-car entertainment options.
Do people really make the connection between global warming (still argued about by scientists) and their choice of car? Isn't it the other person who should drive the Lupo three litre while I have my 911 turbo? Mind you, Don Potts reckons that younger people are emerging as very much more literate on environmental concerns and kids learn all about it at school nowadays. Most people I know who drive diesels are mainly interested in the selfish economic gains rather than motivated by wider altruism, but maybe that could be changing. Slowly though.
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