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Advertorialtheir own training at Millbrook, the Energy Saving Trust's Smarter Driving instructors launched the pilot course in a programme funded by the Department for Transport. Almost 70 drivers, including private motorists, company car drivers, motor dealers and car club members, took the course in its first three months. The results were impressive, with an average 16% reduction in electricity consumption, equating to a 20% increase in range. A small number of individuals had misgivings prior to the training; however, everyone enjoyed the training and was positively enthusiastic about it afterwards. Electric vehicles are enjoyable to drive, and the training gave them the confidence to embark on longer journeys. They understood that hard acceleration in an EV is actually less of a drain than in a conventional car, but driving at higher speed has a greater impact in an EV. They also discovered that by employing the things they may have neglected since their driving test - anticipating the road ahead and braking smoothly - they could get significantly further on a single charge. For an EV driver, that's power indeed.1Based on eight per day for Smarter Driving in petrol and diesel cars and vans. Subsidised by the Department for Transport. Some quotes from participants in EV SD training:"I feel a lot more clued up about EV driving now. I think anyone buying one should really be given some training about how to get the most out of it.""I have a much better understanding of the trade-off between performance, regeneration and range.""I gained confidence from the course and managed more miles."

Sales figuresNewsinsightManufacturer newsFuelpricesRemarketing analysisNews digestCar Recruitmentreviews Sept Sept YTD YTD Manufacturer 2011 2010 % change 2011 2010 % changeFord 10,978 9,530 15.19% 132,835 137,855 -3.64%Vauxhall 9,954 10,835 -8.13% 134,555 131,909 2.01%Volkswagen 7,278 7,450 -2.31% 93,149 82,622 12.74%BMW 5,778 6,175 -6.43% 59,845 52,940 13.04%Audi 4,545 3,519 29.16% 56,934 51,541 10.46%Nissan 4,330 3,402 27.28% 40,344 36,116 11.71%Peugeot 3,800 3,573 6.35% 48,010 51,894 -7.48%Renault 3,432 3,765 -8.84% 31,090 39,581 -21.45%Mercedes-Benz 3,426 2,534 35.20% 38,218 31,129 22.77%Kia 2,426 930 160.86% 23,245 14,075 65.15%Hyundai 2,402 993 141.89% 22,401 16,244 37.90%Citro├źn 2,283 2,069 10.34% 26,002 28,747 -9.55%Toyota 1,954 2,163 -9.66% 25,273 27,954 -9.59%Mini 1,837 1,326 38.54% 16,627 11,471 44.95%Skoda 1,779 1,354 31.39% 18,635 13,802 35.02%Seat 1,357 744 82.39% 16,583 14,085 17.74%Volvo 1,141 1,756 -35.02% 16,832 17,132 -1.75%Honda 1,077 1,310 -17.79% 15,117 20,088 -24.75%Fiat 769 1,528 -49.67% 8,910 12,603 -29.30%Land Rover 523 564 -7.27% 9,681 9,322 3.85%Mazda 480 900 -46.67% 10,802 13,291 -18.73%Alfa Romeo 423 314 34.71% 5,215 2,447 113.12%Chevrolet 381 255 49.41% 5,027 3,652 37.65%Jaguar 321 269 19.33% 5,716 5,188 10.18%Lexus 278 173 60.69% 3,206 2,893 10.82%Suzuki 126 59 113.56% 2,498 892 180.04%Smart 120 92 30.43% 1,387 1,596 -13.10%Mitsubishi 113 235 -51.91% 2,474 2,794 -11.45%Subaru 91 45 102.22% 882 942 -6.37%Porsche 85 58 46.55% 686 728 -5.77%Ssangyong 35 1 3,400.00% 58 17 241.18%Infiniti 34 4 750.00% 118 42 180.95%Saab 33 228 -85.53% 2,087 1,419 47.08%Jeep 30 29 3.45% 574 554 3.61%Bentley 24 46 -47.83% 313 365 -14.25%Aston Martin 18 24 -25.00% 310 305 1.64%Chrysler 16 30 -46.67% 483 601 -19.63%MG 8 5 60.00% 94 103 -8.74%Maserati 8 4 100.00% 79 91 -13.19%Perodua 7 5 40.00% 65 70 -7.14%Lotus 0 22 -100.00% 163 170 -4.12%Total 73,700 68,318 7.88% 876,523 839,270 4.44% Fleet sales: OctoberSource: SMMT