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Europe: A Free Electric Car With Every Gas-Guzzler? It’s Happening In Spain

As we pointed out yesterday, sales of purely electric cars in the U.S. aren’t as high as many in the industry hoped they would be.

In an attempt to get more customers, Nissan has lowered the lease prices of its 2012 Nissan Leaf SV and 2012 Nissan Leaf SL, while automakers in Europe have slashed electric car sticker prices by $11,000.

To date however, we’ve never heard of electric cars being given away for free.

Until now.

But French automaker Renault is not giving away free electric cars because electric car sales are low: It is giving away free electric cars as part of an attempt to sell its unpopular gas models.

2012 Renault Twizy
According to Australian website CarAdvice, Renault dealers in Spain are now trying to incentivize customers to buy some of its slower-selling mid-size gasoline-powered wagons, sedans and minivans by throwing in an all-electric Twizy microcar for free to sweeten the deal.

The move is a drastic measure by the French automaker to cope with its lowest sales figures in Spain for 19 years.

Affecting the entire Spanish auto market, the drop in sales has been brought about by the deepening Europe-wide recession, one which the IMF warns could remain in Spain until 2014.
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