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Mazda: 'C-charge could help diesels'

15 October 2007

Mazda has said that emissions-based congestion charging could help boost sales of diesel superminis, including its new 2.

Mazda's marketing director, Mark Cameron, said that only around 10% of buyers would choose a 2 with the 1.4-litre diesel engine when the car goes on sale in December.

'Lots of cities are looking at rolling out a similar congestion charging scheme as London. If they choose the same model as the one London is proposing – where cars with CO2 emissions of less than 120g/km will be exempt – we expect there will be a growth in demand for the diesel,' he said.

Diesel cars typically have lower emissions than their petrol equivalents, and those fitted with particulate filters can eliminate 99% of harmful soot particles that the engines produce.

London's Congestion Charge could change to an emissions-based tariff under proposals from Transport for London.

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