Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Environment Minister Josh Frydenberg says there will be no new 'carbon tax' on cars, but prices may still rise

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.

New cars could face higher standards under
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.

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