Petrol-powered cars are no longer the most popular option for car buyers, with diesel and alternative fuel vehicles beginning to attract more interest, according to What Car?
A survey by the magazine’s online publication found that 62 per cent of people plan to buy a diesel when they next replace their car and only 28 per cent intend to purchase a petrol vehicle.
The remaining ten per cent said they will opt for a greener form of power, with 60 per cent of these people expressing an interest in hybrid cars and four in ten saying they will consider bioethanol.
Steve Fowler, editor of What Car?, said that modern car buyers are presented with an unprecedented level of choice.
"Cars are available with engines that can run on either petrol, diesel, electric power as well as bioethanol," he continued.
"Many years ago diesel engines were thought to be dirty, noisy and smelly; the opposite is true in the marketplace today. The latest diesel engines are economical, quiet, environmentally friendly and are highly sought-after in showrooms."
Diesel car purchases currently account for 40 per cent of the market for new vehicles, according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders.
A total of 2.3 million new car sales is projected for this year.