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Vehicle gas sales inch up 6% in 2010

Total sales of gas vehicle fuel rose to 26,000 tons in 2010, market heavyweight Prímagáz told business daily Világgazdaság.

Gas fuel is still considerably cheaper than the benchmark 95-octane fuel, despite the fact that the international price of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) rose from $700 to$1,000 per ton. In Hungary, a liter of petrol is around HUF 360 while LPG costs HUF 210, Prímagáz operating manager Tamás Kirilly said. The 2010 national aggregate sales translates to a volume of 50,000 liters

Although still not widely popular, gas is increasingly seen by market players as a viable and cheaper alternative, especially for corporate clients that have car fleets. At the same time distributors are under pressure, since maintaining a national network of outlets selling gas is a costly venture compared to the relatively small turnover of the market overall. At the same time they believe making gas available is a necessity since only this way can gas-fueled cars become more common. (BBJ)