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New diesel Mondeo hits lowest BIK tax band

Date: 23 September 2010   |   Author:

The Ford Mondeo facelift is due in October

Ford has revealed it will strike a low-CO2 blow against its volume rivals by launching a sub-120g/km Mondeo in February.

At present, only prestige brands Audi and BMW, as well as VW's Passat, which is due for imminent replacement, are able to offer upper medium models in diesel's lowest benefit-in-kind tax band of 13%, but Ford will join that group when the 1.6-litre 115hp diesel arrives in the UK early next year.

Although figures haven't been revealed, a Ford spokesperson said that 110-120g/km is the target. It won't be badged Econetic, with Ford electing not to use its green branding on larger cars. It will, though, feature start-stop, an aerodynamic grille and regenerative braking to increase efficiency.

Ford is also hoping to encourage fleets to take another look at petrol power with the launch of a 160hp 1.6-litre Ecoboost model. It arrives in the UK in November with predicted CO2 emissions of 157g/km, although the addition of stop-start in 2011 should take it below 150g/km. The fact that diesels are still subject to the 3% surcharge and the ecoboost petrol will be cheaper to buy, mean BIK payments should at worst mirror those of the 140hp 2.0-litre diesel Mondeo.

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