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Hyundai i30 is the latest to go under the 120g/km CO2 figure

The new version of the Hyundai i30 will have an official CO2 emission figure of just 119g/km. That drops the new model into VED Group B, cutting the cost of an annual tax disc from £115 to £35.

The new version of the i30 uses a 90PS version of the current model’s advanced 115PS 1.6-litre CRDi turbodiesel engine, and Hyundai is keen to stress that, “unlike some competitors”, they have not had to resort to measures such as “skinny tyres, expensive stop-start systems, long gearing or lowered suspension” to achieve the low CO2 figure – so ensuring that the i30’s roadholding, drivability, ride and equipment levels are unaffected.

The car also features a diesel particulate filter to remove soot from the exhaust gases.

The i30 will fall into the new company car band for the 2008/09 tax year for diesels producing less than 120g/km which will drop the rate from 18 to just 13 percent, saving higher rate tax payers hundreds of pounds every year.

And of course if Ken Livingstone’s proposals for the London Congestion Charge zone are approved, the i30 would be entitled to a 100 percent discount from 4th February 2008. This could save drivers entering the capital every day £2,080 each year.

Prices will start below £13,000 and the equipment list includes ESP, air conditioning and alloy wheels as standard on all versions. As with all new Hyundai models, the i30 is also covered by a five year, unlimited mileage warranty.

Full prices for the new i30 CRDi will be announced nearer the car’s launch in January 2008