Vauxhall is to continue – and expand – production of its wide range of dualfuel cars and vans following worries about the government’s LPG tax intentions.
The fuel duty regime announced in Gordon Brown’s budget showed the government remains committed to ‘green’ fuel over the next few years.
"We have evaluated how the continuing duty differentials will affect potential users of LPG vehicles and have concluded that the duty level will still be favourable on both a cost and environmental basis compared to petrol and diesel," said Ian Blinder, Vauxhall manager, special vehicles.
Vauxhall was the first manufacturer to produce fully warranted dualfuel vehicles and the range takes in the Corsa, Astra, Zafira and Vectra car range and Corsavan, Combo and Astravan light commercial vehicles. The company has been the leader in alternative fuel powered vehicles since 1998.
The current range of 1.2 litre, 1.6 8v and 1.6 16v litre and 1.8 litre engines is to be modified early next year to include the environmentally-friendly 1.2 litre and 1.4 litre fuel-saving Twinport engines in the new Astra and Combo.
"The budget announcement last month brought to an end the damaging uncertainty which had existed in the market place for several months and which was badly affecting orders.
"But the vote of confidence the chancellor has given to the environmental and economic benefits of the fuel will now allow customers to plan for the future with confidence," said Mr Blinder. "Now we confidently expect a resurgence in orders from the growing number of fleet users."
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