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Bentley to aim for 'greener' limousines
FRANKFURT, Sept 14 (AFP) Sep 14, 2007
Volkswagen's luxury car division Bentley wants to make its models more environmentally friendly and to edge closer to proposed EU limits, the financial daily Handelsblatt reported Friday, citing Bentley head Franz-Josef Paefgen.

"We are currently forming a view on the matter, for instance by talking to politicians in England," Paefgen told the newspaper in an interview.

"And when the view is complete, we will decide in spring 2008 what to do."

But he cautioned that nobody should expect the company to build a relatively small three-litre car.

Bentley's powerful models traditionally consume large amount of fuel, with the Coupe Continental GT guzzling an average of more than 17 litres of fuel per 100 kilometres (14 miles per gallon).

The car emits around 396 grams of carbon dioxide per kilometre, far above a proposed EU regulation limiting CO2 emissions to 120 grams per kilometre by 2012.

Paefgen also wanted Bentley to reach annual unit sales of 10,000 vehicles for the first time this year, helped by an 18 percent gain in unit sales during the first six months of this year, the newspaper said.

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