Suzuki Australia has joined in the FCAI in calling for government support for low emissions vehicles.
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“It’s about time our peak motoring body put some pressure on the government to reward consumers looking to reduce greenhouse gas emissions,” said Suzuki Australia General Manager, Mr Tony Devers.“Even more encouraging was the news that the FCAI is of the opinion any government incentive scheme should encourage customers to consider all kinds of green technology.“It is critical we provide incentives to make green technology attractive to all customers, not just those who can afford $70,000 electric cars or $50,000 hybrid cars.”

The call renews Suzuki's efforts at last year's release of its Alto sub-light car.

“As we said last year; in Australia at the moment, the only customers who can benefit from a decision to purchase a ‘green’ car are those who can afford vehicles costing between 60 and 75 thousand dollars,” said Mr Devers.“There is zero incentive for people wanting to purchase a much less expensive car that is even better for the environment.”

Mr Devers said Suzuki fully agrees with the FCAI's claim that Australia was in danger of becoming an eco-car backwater.

“It’s time to get serious about greening the industry by linking subsidies to efficiency standards and supporting fuel efficient vehicles like Alto – and the array of low emission vehicles soon to hit our shores - with real incentives.“With figures like 4.7 litres per 100 km and emissions of just 110 grams per km, the public should be encouraged to purchase these vehicles that make a real difference to the environment,” Devers said.