Latvia – leader among Baltic States in pop­u­lar­ity of hy­brid cars

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Res­i­dents’ in­ter­est to­wards sus­tain­able life­style, in­clud­ing tech­nolo­gies that sup­port it, there has been an in­crease in the num­ber of hy­brid cars sold in Latvia.

Be­cause of that, the num­ber of Lexus hy­brid cars sold in Latvia in the past five years has in­creased 34%, as BNN was in­formed by the com­pany.

«150 hy­brid cars are sold in Latvia on av­er­age ev­ery year. It is also noteworthy that over the course of the past twelve years since Lexus first started of­fer­ing such cars, they re­main in de­mand the most in Latvia among all Baltic States,» as In­gus Seleznevs, man­ager of Au­to­mo­bile Trad­ing.

Since 2006 to March 2017, a to­tal of 1,321 premium-class hy­brid cars have been reg­is­tered in Latvia. 1,300 of those ve­hi­cles were man­u­fac­tured by Lexus. 944 hy­brid cars were reg­is­tered in Es­to­nia and 893 in Lithua­nia in the same pe­riod of time.

«One of the ad­van­tages of­fered by hy­brid ve­hi­cles is that they are pow­er­ful and of­fer bal­anced and quiet driv­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. But we also see that driv­ers of­ten pick diesel and petrol en­gine ve­hi­cles with­out fully con­sid­er­ing the ad­van­tages pro­vided by hy­brid cars. We can say from ex­pe­ri­ence that driv­ers who pick hy­brid cars def­i­nitely pick their new cars with hy­brid en­gine,» com­ments Am­serv Mo­tors board mem­ber Ar­mands Vimba.

Since 2005, when the mar­ket was first pre­sented with RX 400h, more than a mil­lion Lexus hy­brid cars have been sold all over the world. The vic­tory march of hy­brid tech­nolo­gies in Latvia shows that 88.89% of Lexus cars that were sold on this mar­ket un­til now were hy­brid cars. «Lexus hy­brid mod­els have re­ceived a lot of praise from clients thanks to their low fuel con­sump­tion, re­duced CO2 emis­sions, quiet en­gine, con­fort­able seats and re­li­able func­tion­al­ity,» the com­pany notes.

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