Recession-hit Italians holding on to old cars

'61% boom in natural-gas engines' says study

Recession-hit Italians holding on to old cars

Rome, August 26 - Italians are holding on to their old cars more than ever, opting to take them into the mechanic instead of buying a new model, according to survey results Monday. Pollsters Cna-Swg say mechanic visits are up 14% nationwide since the onset of the recession, Italy's worst in decades. The average age of a car on the road is 10 and a half years, among the oldest in the European Union, making for more dangerous streets, the poll said. The study also showed a boom in engines that run on cheaper natural gas, up 61%.

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