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Taking out a car loan for a fuel-efficient vehicle 'is not the end of the story'

Motorists who have taken out car loans for vehicles with impressive green credentials still need to make the effort to adopt an eco-friendly driving style, according to Clean Green Cars.

Motorists who have taken out car loans for vehicles with impressive green credentials still need to make the effort to adopt an eco-friendly driving style, according to Clean Green Cars.

The company claimed the Mini Clubman has the second lowest carbon emissions for its model range at 138.3 g/km.

However, in a test conducted by the firm - during which motorists paid no attention to driving style - the car reportedly failed to match the official fuel consumption figure of 68.9 mpg.

Clean Green Cars revealed the vehicle fell short by 25 per cent, with a corresponding increase in the amount of CO2 emitted.

In contrast, a Mini driven in this month's MPG Marathon returned 50.3 mpg, 23 per cent better than the manufacturer's data.

Commenting on the findings, Jay Nagley from Clean Green Cars said: "Real world experience shows just how great deviations from the official figures can be."

He added: "Learning to drive in an eco-friendly way can better official figures by 25 per cent or more."

Meanwhile, Clean Green Cars recently reported average new car CO2 fell 4.5 per cent in the third quarter of 2008.


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