London's Congestion Charge has drawn ire from some manufacturers, but others are doing something to help alleviate the "financial burden" the charges place on their customers. According to Jim Tyrrell, Mitsubishi's Managing Director, "The vast majority of our customers run a 4x4 for a specific purpose – not simply as a fashion item. We have worked hard to reduce the emissions levels wherever we can to help minimize any negative financial impact on the thousands of businesses that have chosen to use our pick-ups."
In line with this statement, new Mitsubishi L200s equipped with a manual transmission and not fitted with the Rallitronic power upgrade will now come with a 225 g/km CO2 emissions rating, placing them in a lower Congestion Charge band. Before the modifications to the L200, drivers would be forced to pay £25 per day for trips into London; now the charge will be £8 per day.
The TfL Congestion Charge on dual purpose double cab pick-ups will be effective starting October 6th, 2008 and will be retroactive, meaning that older pickups will face the same penalty as brand new ones.
L200 – ALL COLOURS NOW AVAILABLE IN GREEN
* L200 CO2 emissions reduced Single, Club and Double Cab variants
* Reduced emissions places L200 in lower Congestion Charge band
Mitsubishi has announced that the new L200's manual transmission variants will come with a 225 g/km CO2 emissions rating, placing them in the lower Congestion Charge band and saving drivers £17 per trip in and out of the Capital.
The CO2 reduction secures exemption from Transport for London's (TfL) "Extended-cab dual purpose pickup" congestion charge of £25 per day. Applicable to all new L200 registrations from April 1st 2008, a customer driving the revised L200 Club and Double Cab range with manual transmission will only pay £8 per day.
Jim Tyrrell, Mitsubishi's Managing Director, stated that "the vast majority of our customers run a 4x4 for a specific purpose – not simply as a fashion item. We have worked hard to reduce the emissions levels wherever we can to help minimise any negative financial impact on the thousands of businesses that have chosen to use our pick-ups."
The multiple award-winning L200 is also renowned for its rugged practicality, off road prowess, high specification, low running costs and numerous safety features – including being the only vehicle in its class to boast stability and traction control on all high series variants.