Rockers Vampire Weekend have apologised after upsetting motor maniacs by burning two collectable cars in a promotional video for their new single Diane Young.

The group recently purchased a pair of discontinued Saab 900s and set them alight in a clip for the upcoming song, but the project has infuriated car lovers, who claim the rockers were reckless and neglected to tell owners their beloved Swedish vehicles were marked for destruction.

Speaking out in the band's defence, frontman Ezra Koenig tells Spinner.com, "I want people to understand that we do respect cars and the last thing we want to do is to f**k up a collector's item or something like that. Hopefully people believe me when I say that our record label was looking to purchase the cheapest, oldest cars possible; they weren't trying to buy a beautiful perfect condition car. Rostam (Batmanglij, bandmate) especially loves Saabs. When he grew up his family drove a Saab.

"If the people selling their cars felt misled by the production company that bought them, (we apologise)... Of course if we had been there, if we had been a part of it, we would never lie to somebody just to get a car - we could have easily found something else... We hope that that wasn't done dishonourably."