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The increasing demand for cars with low carbon dioxide emissions in the UK has meant that they are in short supply. The Volkswagen Polo Bluemotion is a particularly extreme example with wait times of up to 9 months for factory orders. Certain trim levels of the Honda Civic Hybrid require five months of patience. Some of this is clearly due to the fact that cars that emit less than 120g/km of CO2 are exempted from London's congestion charge. The rise of gas prices to around $9/gallon has also und

British automotive engineering consultancy Zytech, who have been making headlines this year for providing the electric drivetrain that will run the DaimlerChrysler SMART EV, have announced a dual-mode diesel hybrid. Billed as the world's first affordable diesel hybrid drivetrain, the low-cost high-efficiency dual-mode system has been built into a DaimlerChrysler SMART 1.5 litre, three cylinder ForFour CDi demonstration vehicle.

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