the "Bonus-Malus" returns ...

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Dominique de Villepin revived Thursday a form of "bonus-malus" for the most polluting cars, announcing that the registration is "depending on the polluting nature of vehicles" from January 1er.

The Prime Minister said that "for 8% of vehicles, this will represent a doubling of the amount of the registration card", while "for other vehicles, this measure will be neutral".

According to his services, only vehicles emitting more than 140 grams of CO2 per km will be taxed in addition to the current cost of registration: it will therefore only a "penalty" for the most polluting vehicles, to pay a fee. only once with the purchase.

The 8% of the highest taxes raised by the Prime Minister are very large sedans, minivans and some most 4X4, which all emit more than 200 CO2 g per km.

"The biggest cars would be the most penalized, but this is not the heart of the offer of French manufacturers," said Thursday the chairman of the Committee of French Automobile Manufacturers (CCFA) Manuel Gomez.

However, there would be no penalty or bonus for vehicles that emit fewer grams of 140 CO2 (20% of petrol vehicles and 40% of diesel vehicles registered in 2004).

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