Economy cars to become more expensive

The price of keeping an economic petrol and diesel car will rise by hundreds of euros because of the Autumn agreement, according to the Environmental Planning Office (PBL). 

In the agreement, the VVD and the PvdA spoke with the "constructive opposition parties", the D66, ChristenUnie and SGP, and decided that the purchase tax on personal cars and motorcycles, the BPM, will rise by 2015. This is supposed to yield €200 million per year.

The emissions of the most economic conventional car models on the market today is around 80 grams per kilometer. The agreements mean that the BPM for these cars will rise by about €600. For cars with a higher or lower emission, the tax rise will be milder, a few hundred.

Even very economic cars, with CO2-emissions of 25 to 50 grams per kilometer, will fall under the purchase tax next year.