It's been a long, hard fight in the German Reichstag to get to this day. After all kinds of vociferous opposition from the big German automakers, it looks like the German government will finally implement an automobile tax based on a vehicle's CO2-emissions. With this move, which Bloomberg says the ruling coalition has agreed on, Germany joins the dozen EU countries that have passed similar laws. AutoNewsWire says that the taxes will be based on the vehicle's engine size and the CO2 emissions.
Der Spiegel found Green Party members who are not happy with the new taxes. One said that, it is "a classic case of deceptive packaging. It is labelled 'climate protection.' But in fact it doesn't do much to change the status quo." The reason is that, while taxes will go down for purchases of small cars, the new tax rates are pretty much the same as they have been for larger, thirstsier vehicles.
[Source: Der Spiegel, Bloomberg, AutoNewsWire]