Latest News: The New Stelvio Ti model is now available to order at Motorvogue. The historic “Turismo Internazionale”, synonomous with Alfa Romeo’s past as a true GT car for covering large distances in comfort and style, makes its debut on the Stelvio range. Having first broken cover at the Geneva Motor Show, the Stelvio Ti is now making its way to the UK roads priced from £47,345 OTR. Replacing the Milano Edizione at the top of the Stelvio range, the Stelvio Ti combines performance with luxury with the addition of carbon fibre accents, sports suspension and a host of technology as standard. The carbon fibre ‘V’ grille and wing mirrors are complemented by dark "Stelvio" and" Q4" badges, red brake calipers and new 20-inch alloy wheels, exclusive to the Ti. Inside adds a leather dashboard and laminated glass, offering additional soundproofing, a hands-free tailgate, Active Cruise Control and Frequency Selective Damping to the comprehensive standard equipment list. While active suspension is available as an option, the Stelvio Ti comes complete with Frequency Selective Dampers (FSD) to improve handling while still retaining comfort. The FSD uses a frequency sensitive valve to hydraulically change the level of damping according to the road inputs. The new Stelvio Ti will be available with a choice of two powerplants, the 280hp petrol and the 210hp diesel engines. While the 280hp 2.0-litre Turbo petrol powerplant delivers peak torque of 400Nm at 2,250 rpm it is also best in class in terms of acceleration, powering from zero to 62mph in just 5.7 seconds and on to a top speed of 143mph. The 2.0-litre diesel engine uses its 210hp to power the car from zero to 62mph in 6.6 seconds before going on to a top speed of 134mph. Both 4-cylinder units are built entirely from aluminium with a carbon fibre drive shaft and are paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission and Q4 all-wheel drive. The new Stelvio Ti is available to order now, priced from £47,345 OTR for the Stelvio Ti 2.2 Turbo Diesel 210hp.
THE NEW VEHICLE EXCISE DUTY SYSTEM IS ON ITS WAY
Massive increase in road tax charges from the 1st of April
Drivers of the lowest-emission petrol and diesel cars could be hit with a hike of £140 a year and those buying a car costing more than £40,000 will be forced to pay a £1,550 levy over the first five years of ownership. Yet the overwhelming majority of motorists don't know the changes are coming. More than 4,000 people took part in our online poll, which asked readers how up to speed they were about the new regime. Just 6% were fully aware of it. The survey also revealed that a mere 8% knew changes are coming – but a massive 86% were totally in the dark.
Under the current scheme, scores of different cars are exempt from road tax, or Vehicle Excise Duty (VED). That’s thanks to the fact they emit less than 100 grams per kilometre (g/km) of carbon dioxide (CO2). For cars registered after April, though, only those that produce no CO2 – fully electric and hydrogen cars – will be spared road tax. All other models registered from then will be liable for an annual road-tax bill of £140, regardless of CO2 emissions. While the first year of road tax will still be based on CO2 emissions and range from £10 to £2,000, this fee is almost always absorbed in a car’s on-the-road price – meaning it isn't usually seen as a running cost by consumers.
However, cars with a list price of more than £40,000 will also incur an additional £310 levy for the first five years of ownership, bringing their total annual VED bill to £450 during that time. The changes will affect many different models, from small city cars to large hybrid and electric SUVs.Because petrol engines generally emit more CO2 than their diesel counterparts, buyers have been incentivised to buy diesels for some time. In turn, carmakers have focused on driving down the amount of CO2 these cars emit.
The new system is also being brought in because while diesel engines emit relatively little CO2, recent research indicates other emissions – including mono nitrogen oxides and particulate matter – are more harmful than was once thought. Petrol engines, while emitting more CO2, tend to be cleaner in this regard.
It’s not all bad news, though: drivers who want to drive a petrol car but may have been put off by high tax rates are likely to find their engine of choice becomes more affordable under the new system, as the playing field between diesel and petrol becomes more level. And it'll provide another reason for buyers to consider an all-electric or hydrogen-powered car.
April's new scheme won't apply retrospectively, so whichever road-tax system was active when you registered your current car will continue to apply for as long as it's on the road.
CONSUMER CREDIT & GENERAL INSURANCE
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