Money-conscious Aussies are snapping up hybrid vehicles

There are clear indications that frugal Aussies are increasingly prioritising good fuel economy when purchasing a new car.

Living costs have spiralled upwards in recent years across Australia and motorists have been hit particularly hard in the pocket.

Not only do people have to pay for car insurance and repairs, but the price of fuel has also become a huge problem for many drivers.

The situation has become so bad that some Aussies have had no choice but to limit the number of journeys they make in their vehicle each week.

New figures released by the VFACTS have suggested that motorists are starting to ditch their gas-guzzling cars in favour of more economical hybrid models.

Indeed, the organisation confirmed that sales of alternative fuel passenger vehicles grew by a mammoth 191.4 per cent in September when compared with the corresponding month in 2011.

Overall, 9,461 hybrids have been sold in Australia since the start of 2012, which is a major increase on the 6,143 that were driven out of showrooms across the country last year.

For a nation that supposedly has a passion for cars and trucks with powerful engines, these statistics are quite remarkable.

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