Retail and company car drivers have
spoken. It is time to go green. However, an environmentally friendly
vehicle up until now has meant a compromise, whether in size, style,
price, practicality or even poor fuel economy – few vehicles currently
in the spotlight tick all the right boxes.
Peugeot has potentially the perfect
answer for the environmentally aware, style-conscious driver, who also
needs space for the kids. A stylish, family car, with five seats and
five doors, that does 62mpg (combined), has a top-class Euro NCAP safety
rating of 5 stars and CO2 emissions of 120g/km, placing the
car in band B of the government’s VED bracket (£35 per year).
The Peugeot 207 1.6 HDi 90 S, offers
all of the above without compromise, for less than £12,500.
Currently when drivers choose their
‘environmentally friendly car’, they seem prepared to compromise. Only
two seats? Expensive list price? Disappointing fuel economy?
Unappealing design? All too often the promise of going green belies the
reality, certainly when applied to un-economical vehicles.
With the proposed London Congestion
Charge looking to exempt cars with CO2 emissions of less than
120g/km, and tax breaks for low emission company cars planned for 2008,
real green vehicles are now the viable choice for drivers.
“The automotive industry is entering a
green revolution,” says Pierre Louis Colin, Managing Director of Peugeot
UK. “Drivers want, and now have the financial requirement, to do their
bit for the environment, but they shouldn’t have to compromise.
“A car is generally the second largest
purchase a person will make, after a house, and they certainly want to
be proud of it. Peugeot are well placed for this and in cars like the
207 1.6 HDi 90, its a stylish car, with a high specification, including
electric windows, air conditioning and many other desirable features as
standard. Our advanced diesel technology also offers customers
class-leading low emissions – without compromising cost or performance.”
It’s not only the retail customer that
will notice the financial benefit of going green in a 207. Currently
(07/08 tax year) a 22% tax payer pays £480 benefit in kind; this reduces
substantially to £318 in 2008/09, or just £26 per month.
There are currently 16 models offered
in the Peugeot 107, 206 and 207 ranges that produce emissions of less
than 120g/km CO2. The new 308 that goes on sale in September
will introduce more.