Fiesta has guzzlers green with envy

2012-12-21 13:04

As the merits and sour points of ‘green cars’ continue to be deliberated on by drivers of the world, the English County of Essex has started to provide those who have yet to ‘go green’ with genuine incentives to do so.

Cars with CO2 emissions of less than 100g/km, are exempt from vehicle excise duty and the London congestion charge, and get free parking in Essex parks.


Ford has its UK headquarters, product development centre and production facilities in the county and it’s where the new Ford Fiesta’s three award-winning one litre petrol, as well as 1.6 TDCi and 1.5 TDCi diesel engines are assembled.

 All emit less than 100g CO2/km – equating to fuel economy of between 4.4 and 3.3 litres/100km. Two Ford Fiesta Vans and two Ford Focus models also qualify.

Andy Barratt, Ford Britain sales director, said: 

 “Ford’s most efficient cars are rightly recognised by the operators of Essex’s green spaces and country parks.  The UK’s top-selling car, the Ford Fiesta, can save on fuel and now on parking too.” 


From a South African perspective, do you think initiatives such as these would encourage more people to ‘go green’ should provincial legislature allow it?

 Vehicle excise duty and congestion charges don’t apply in South Africa, but would benefits such as discounted or park free at ecologically diverse locations such as botanical gardens or national parks push the green initiative? 

Or is this purely a first-world benefits package?

Give us your opinion in the Readers’ Comments bellow.

  • Killbot79 - 2012-12-21 20:41

    Yes they would go green, but give us a proper diesel, not an entry level amibente version with no on board computer etc.

  • munangiwa.lumadi - 2012-12-22 07:57

    With the corruption in this country? You'd find V8s and V12s parking there for free because they also "emit less than a 100g"

  • trevor.bush.9655 - 2012-12-22 08:52

    Wait, the ANC will see a cash cow and charge Conjestion in PTA and CT...they have a knack of bringing in 1st World Laws in a 1st World COuntry run by 3rd World African Dicators...means corrupt tothe core.

  • ronald.koenis.1 - 2012-12-22 09:56

    The obsession with a car's normal drive cycle CO2 emissions is a bit flawed. If I have a 135 g/km petrol car but drive sparingly, then I would actually pollute less than someone with a diesel 99g/km car, with no soot filter that spins away at every robot and floors the pedal continuously. However with this suggested benefits scheme, that person will reap all the benefits!? The only solution to minimise fuel consumption is to tax fuel even more vigorously and ensure you have a maximum cap on vehicle emissions, since those driving V8 can easily afford the excessive consumption. A max 230 g/km acceptance level to permit vehicle sales in RSA should help more.

      peter.dirks.1800 - 2012-12-28 09:48

      @Ronald Koenis: LOL! You almost had me going. Then I thought about it and realised nobody really believes the BS you wrote, for example, about taxing V8 cars more. You should be careful about making satirical comments like that - there are idiots who might just believe that sort of thing and take you seriously! Heaven forbid the government should believe such nonsense...

      ronald.koenis.1 - 2012-12-29 21:31

      @ Peter dirks. The point is not to tax V8 more perse, but if the aim is truly to reduce consumption and emissions, then surely there should be a penalty for exuberant use, hence my suggestion for a cap on max CO2 emissions. Furthermore, I see no suggestion made by you to constructively reduce consumption or address environmental issues such to ensure people drive only when necessary, frugally or pooling? Yes it was very unpopular to hint at an even higher fuel levy, but realistically if we compare the massive electricity tariff increases with the significant reduction most households realise in use (bar the truly rich for which whatever tariff will never convince them to start saving unless you a sliding scale or punitive system for excessive use), it really works!

  • gordon.hart.54 - 2012-12-22 10:20

    I recently rented one of these Fiestas in England. Did over 600 miles of motoring and it easily sat at 70-75mph on the motorway and despite what Killbot79 says was beautifully equipped right down to Bluetooth telephone and on board computer - I in fact compared the level of equipment with what I have on my Merc.

      ronald.koenis.1 - 2012-12-22 14:12

      If it is comparable in terms of equipment on a MB, can I then assume it's got speed control, speed limiter, dual zone (or even 4-zone) climate control, auto dimming rearview mirror, rainsensor, auto up and down electric windows for each windows including summer convenience, pre-safe, auto locking doors, attention assist, Break assist, ESP, 6 airbags too, which are pretty standard equipment in all mercs?

  • jacques.shepperson - 2012-12-25 19:57

    will the local fuel grade be ok though?

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