Environment Minister Josh Frydenberg has sought to hose down reports the government is planning to introduce a new "carbon tax" on cars that will see the price of some popular vehicles soar by up to $5000.
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a proposal released for discussion.
The Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development has released proposed new fuel efficiency standards for consultation, which car sellers have slammed as "unrealistic and ill-considered".
Many of the country's most popular models – such as the Toyota HiLux, Corolla, Hyundai i30 and Ford Ranger – would not meet the new guidelines, which aim to reduce the average national fleet emissions to the equivalent of 105gCO2/km from around 335gCO2/km in 2015.
Read Matthew Knott’s story in today’s Melbourne Age - “Environment Minister Josh Frydenberg says there will be no new 'carbon tax' on cars, but prices may still rise.”