Out of 2018 completed surveys, only 3% (60.5) respondents believed that diesel fuel vehicles are a low source of carbon emissions and 25% respondents indicated that the Honda Civic Hybrid was the lower carbon-emitting vehicle.
Unless you live in a part of the world where access to news and media is limited, its very difficult to avoid the global warming issue. As noble as the Green initiative may be, environmentalist tend to use alarmist methods to spread their message of an inevitable apocalypse. How do they know? Well, they looks for trends in the environment such as weather patterns, ripples in sensitive ecosystems and geological formations to name a few, but still they are unable to produce any hard evidence to support their theories. It's all just assumption which capitalizes on high emotion to convey a message of conservation. As a result, misinformation spreads and consumers who think they are contributing to saving the world are instead wasting a lot of time and money... and fun, according to MINI UK.
MINI UK has commissioned a survey to analyze public perceptions of CO2-related issues. The results were less than surprising. Out of 2018 completed surveys, only 3% (60.5) respondents believed that diesel fuel vehicles are a low source of carbon emissions and 25% respondents indicated that the Honda Civic Hybrid was the lowest carbon-emitting vehicle. However, the MINI Cooper D emits 104g/km CO2 which is equal to the Toyota Prius and lower than the Honda Civic Hybrid with 109g/km. Clearly if you are a car shopper who puts high value on CO2 emissions, you could be missing out on a vehicle with a lot more personality and fun factor for not considering the MINI Cooper D.
Despite the misconceptions, don't blame the environmentalists for pushing their agenda. Clearly, car manufacturers are responding to increasing public demand for greener cars with many new hybrid, bio-fuel, electric, natural gas and fuel cell products just starting to emerge into the marketplace. There is nothing wrong with green cars taking over. My only fear is one of ethics, in that the manufacturers start buying into the environmentalist propaganda to sell more green cars. In the meantime, give yourself permission to consider clean diesel cars.