French magazine L'Automobile recently asked if the trend of European customers are buying more fuel-efficient vehicles because they're concerned about the environment or because of simple economics and government incentives. Car sales in places like France and Germany have been increased thanks to rebates and incentives that are biased towards low-consumption vehicles.

L'Automobile asked the car companies their opinion, too, and found that Hyundai, Opel, Suzuki and Honda think that consumers are just saving money and don't care about a new car's green credentials. Saab, Volkswagen, Chevrolet, Seat, Renault, Mercedes and Skoda, on the other hand, believe that the environment is the driving factor in the decisiong. Fiat, Citroën, Mazda and Ford split the middle and say that it's just an economic measure that has side green benefits. Where do you stand?

Green or tight? Are Europeans buying green or just using incentives to save money?
They're eco-friendly, no doubt 1 (25.0%)
It's all about the euros 1 (25.0%)
Both 1 (25.0%)
Doesn't matter why, it's working 1 (25.0%)


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