Berlin (dpa) - Buyers of particularly low-emission cars can only expect small savings in vehicle tax from next year.

This emerges from calculations by the Federal Ministry of Finance for the planned reform of the vehicle tax, as reported by the "Süddeutsche Zeitung".

For newly registered cars with high fuel consumption, the vehicle tax is to increase from 2021.

This is supposed to encourage citizens to buy more economical cars.

The climate component in the tax, which already exists, is to be increased in stages.

The tax is therefore more expensive, especially for large and heavy SUVs or sports cars.

The German press agency had also received a response from the ministry to a request from the Greens.

For new cars with high CO2 emissions of 195 grams per kilometer and more, the annual vehicle tax increases by an average of 130 euros for petrol and 101 euros for diesel vehicles, according to the ministry.

On the other hand, those who buy one of the cleanest vehicles that emit up to 95 grams of CO2 per kilometer will pay an average of around 30 euros less after the reform than under the previous tax system.

According to the figures, the reform has hardly any noticeable effect on the broad mass of cars.

For the group of vehicles that emit between 116 and 175 grams of CO2 per kilometer, mainly small and medium-sized cars, between two and 23 euros more per year must be paid.

The Green finance politician Stefan Schmidt told the "Süddeutsche Zeitung" that the government was content with symbolic politics.

"Additional costs of a maximum of a few dozen euros a year will not prevent people from buying gas guzzlers."

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