The new tax system is expected to roll out on January 1st, 2010, a bit late according to Germany's ADAC car club. ADAC stated that consumers won't be convinced to purchase more fuel-efficient cars until that late date. Another car club, called VCD, said that the new tax was too light on cars that burn a lot of fuel.
The system will leave the tax as it is for vehicles following the Euro-2 and Euro-3 standards, which is calculated on engine displacement. It remains unchanged for owners of classic and vintage cars as well. Currently, the average car sold in German produces 170 g/km of CO2, which is quite a ways away from the EU's limit of 130 g/km expected for 2012.
[Source: Auto News]