Good news for those who are looking for a new car and want an eco friendly option! There is only a short wait left until the presentation of Suzuki’s next generation model – Suzuki Alto. It will debut at the 2008 Paris Motor Show. The new Alto has primarily been shown to the spectators in concept form as Suzuki A-Star Concept.
Suzuki A-Star Concept previews Suzuki’s new global compact model Alto, and it will be powered by a newly developed 1.0-liter engine that will comply with Euro 5 emission standards. After A-Concept’s debut at the New Delhi Auto Expo, the Alto will be exhibited on the Parisian market in October of this year.
According to autounleashed.com, Suzuki announced that the car’s production will start in its Manesar plant, in India, and sales are scheduled to start in December 2008, in Europe. It will replace the best-selling Maruti Alto currently sold in Japan.
Alto was conceived as a response to global warming. The vehicle’s emissions will be only 109g of CO2/km. This is a great point when purchasing a vehicle these day, since you can save money not only on gas but taxes as well. Taxes you ask? Let me inform you about taxes that you’ll have to pay, if you live in Europe and your car’s emission doesn’t correspond to European standards.
Fuel exhausts have an impact on air quality and human health, especially in urban areas where traffic is dense. To reduce this impact, the EU has adopted legislation to impose stricter emissions caps on both diesel and petrol cars, limiting in particular nitrogen oxides (NOx) and particulate matter (PM) which pose the most serious health problems. The next generation of standards (known as Euro 5) will enter into force in 2009.
It is evident that governments are getting more and more involved in planet conservation and as enforcement, they are either increasing taxes on cars with the highest emissions (EU) or offering you a tax refund (US). The EU will tax £1000- £ 2000 between now and 2010. So it will definitely benefit you to purchase an eco-friendly car.
You can choose between paying once and contributing to ecology, or paying taxes and damaging the environment. With Suzuki’s new Alto you will indeed be in the first category.
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