Australians could soon pay more for utes and SUVs under the federal government’s new long-awaited fuel efficiency standards.
Owners of Australia’s top-selling car in 2023, the Ford Ranger, could pay up to $6150 more for new vehicles from next year, Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) Chief Executive Tony Webber told Today.
The standards will only apply to new passenger and light commercial vehicles in Australia, bringing it into line with the United States.
Other impacted vehicles will include the Toyota Land Cruiser, Mazda CX5 and Isuzu D Max.
Eco-friendly car options, such as electric vehicles are expected to see the opposite effect on prices.
Minister for Climate Change and Energy Chris Bowen unveiled the preferred model earlier this month, which he expected would deliver more choices to would-be buyers by encouraging car makers to sell more electric and fuel-efficient vehicles.

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