France proposes tax for SUVs weighing more than 1,800 kg

France proposes tax for SUVs weighing more than 1,800 kg
After the proposal of an ECOTASSA for luxury cars, France continues to be the "protagonist" as it proposes a new tax that, this time, would affect SUVs. Specifically, the owners of a high-wheeled crossover that weigh more than 1,800 kg will have the worst. According to what is proposed, a tax of 10 euros would be applied for each kg of weight that is exceeded by the SUV with respect to the new limit. Therefore, following the announcement concerning the proposal for a supermalus to limit CO2 emissions caused by luxury cars, Barbara Pompili - as well as Minister of Ecology - announces the possible arrival of a new tax that could be implemented with the next maneuver which will affect France in 2021.

The alourdissement du parc automobile, c'est + de matériaux et d'énergie consommés, + de pollution, - d'espace public disponible. Le malus au poids que nous instaurons est un signal fort et nécessaire pour mieux take in compte l'empreinte écologique des véhicules les plus lourds

- Barbara Pompili (@barbarapompili) October 15, 2020

The tax based on the weight of a vehicle was born thanks to a proposal from the WWF and a French assembly, the Citizens Convention for Climate. However, initially it was proposed to put a tax on all vehicles that exceeded the weight of 1,400 kg. Instead, for the government, it seems to be more appropriate to raise the threshold and tax all SUVs that have a mass over 1,800 kg, in order to avoid too many vehicles being involved in this new taxation. According to the data that have been analyzed, SUVs are equal to 38% of vehicles that are annually purchased on the French car market, although only a part of these fall into vehicles that could be taxed. Just as not all compact SUVs and, apparently, vehicles of a French car brand are included in these vehicles. The only SUV that could face the new malus could be the Renault Kaleos which reaches a weight of 1,845 kg. No taxation also for Opel vehicles, but the X-Trail dCi 150 4WD of the Nissan-Renault-Mitsubishi group could be included in the new taxation.

The vehicles that could be taxed

In the case in which the new tax proposed in France is implemented, numerous car manufacturers and various models of SUVs would be affected. The BMW X3 xDrive30d is certainly part of the crossovers weighing more than 1,800 kg, which would incur a tax of 950 euros. As well as the Audi Q5 35 TDI and the Volvo XC60 D4 AWD which would face a tax of 450 and 200 euros respectively. Instead, it would be 350 euros of taxes for the Mercedes GLC 200d aMatic, 950 for the Hyndai Santa Fe and 1,530 euros for the Jeep Cherokee 2.2 Mit AWD. Extremely relevant figures if we talk about the Jeep Grand Cherokee which could reach 6,780 euros in additional taxes if we already consider those relating to its preparation. The taxed vehicles also include the Maserati Levante, the Lamborghini Urus and the Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio.

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