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Fuel economy is key to future desirability

FUEL economy looks set to be the key factor in determining the future desirability of cars, according to market experts. CAP Motor Research predicts that, despite the trend for high-specification vehicles, extras such as air conditioning and electric windows will slide down the list of must-haves.

Operations director Andrew Wilkinson said that, with buyers facing the prospect of increasing fuel prices and the potential increasing taxation of larger-engined vehicles, they will naturally be drawn to cars which offer impressive fuel economy. Fleets, he said, were looking at using smaller, more fuel-efficient cars and private buyers were following suit.

Glass's Guide editor-in-chief Arnie Fenn agreed that fuel economy would be increasingly important to buyers - but argued that extras such as air-conditioning would still be desirable to used-car buyers.

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