Sales of Vauxhall Dualfuel cars and vans have soared by 60 per cent so far this year.

The increase is in response to environmental concerns, rising fuel costs and wider product choices, and has been boosted by the London congestion charge, from which all Vauxhall Dualfuel vehicles receive a 100 per cent discount.

First quarter LPG vehicle sales at 1,053 – around 90 per cent of them to fleets – compare with 2,400 for the whole of last year.

Top seller was the Astra Dualfuel, with Vectra, Zafira and Astra Coupe Dualfuel cars also showing a healthy upward trend. Best selling dual-powered van was the Combo.

A growing number of fleets throughout the country are switching to LPG operation, but especially those with vehicles that operate within the inner London charging zone.

Typical is Croydon, Surrey-based engineering and maintenance business, Staveley Industries, which has taken delivery of its first batch of seven Combo 1.6i Dualfuel models, with a further 16 on order. It expects to save a substantial five figure sum a year in congestion charges, before the additional fuel cost benefits are taken into account.

Published : 20/04/03 Author : Melanie Carter

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