Bonus and penalty
Austria is offering a bonus of €300 for cars with CO2 emissions of no more than 120 g/km, but cars with over 180g will pay €25 per gram over the 180 mark from July, and the same over 160g from January 2010.
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There are also bonuses for hybrids, and vehicles powered by natural gas, oxygen and LPG – and more controversially also for E85, a mix of 15% ethanol in petrol and diesel, which get a €500 bonus. Meanwhile Great Britain has announced that annual car tax will rise to €1150 for cars emitting more than 255 g/km (for the first year, €570 thereafter), while cars emitting 130g or less will pay no car tax for their first year on the road.