When working to help the environment, it’s often the small changes that can make a big difference. That’s the theory used by Vauxhall engineers who have managed to optimise the Corsa CDTi’s engine to save the planet from hundreds of thousands of tons of C02 emissions - and collective Corsa owners from hundreds of thousands of pounds in tax.
The revised 1.3CDTi 75PS engine, which is on sale now, sees emissions drop from 124g/km to 119g/km. This might seem like a small step, but it has great consequences for owners who will find their car in VED Group B, dropping the cost of an annual tax disc from £115 to £35. Company car drivers will see further savings too, as from the 2008/09 tax year the Corsa will fall into the new 13 percent company car tax band introduced by the Chancellor for diesel cars emitting less than 120g/km – a drop which could save a 40 percent tax payer £237 a year.
In addition, the new models would also be entitled to a 100 percent discount from the London Congestion Charge if the mayor’s proposals for 2008 are approved. This could save drivers who enter the capital daily more than £2,000 every year. In fact, a company car driver using a new Corsa CDTi Life in London every day could recoup the list price of the car in tax and congestion charge savings after little more than four years!
Over the past few months Vauxhall has also introduced new high-efficiency engines to improve the C02 output of the most popular petrol Astra and Vectra models with variable valve timing and TWINPORT technology.
Bill Parfitt, Vauxhall’s managing director, explained: “General Motors is investing heavily in alternative fuel strategies for the medium and long term. Today, we are making reductions in C02 emissions wherever possible on our most popular model lines. This has a dramatic effect when considering the scale of our sales operations and also has an important benefit of saving our customers money. “
The new Corsa CDTi models are on sale now, priced from £9,810 for the Corsa Life 1.3CDTi 3-door.