The lord mayor of Oxford, England, won't get a BMW city car after all. Green party councilors opted for an eco-friendly Toyota Prius hybrid instead. In August, the Oxford council voted to replace Bryan Keen's aging city car with a E32,000 BMW, a gesture to the company that is the city's top employer because of the Mini assembly plant.
But the Greens forced a re-vote and with two Labour Party defections chose the Japanese-built gasoline-electric Prius. The Greens rejected the claim the lord mayor's ceremonial mace wouldn't fit in the smaller Prius.
"Oxford has an appalling air quality problem," Green councilor Craig Simmons told the BBC. "If the first citizen doesn't do the right thing, how can we convince bus and taxi companies?"
The mayor rejected a Greens suggestion he skip the car and use a bicycle and a bus pass.