Tech helps keep mod­els off gas-guz­zler tax

Winnipeg Free Press - Section F - - AUTOS - By Chris Wood­yard

busi­ness sense: Those ex­tra taxes can put a model at a com­pet­i­tive dis­ad­van­tage if its ri­vals aren’t sub­ject to it.

Gen­eral Mo­tors will have one less model on the list next year: It will stop us­ing its high-end, 638-horse­power V-8 in the 2014 Corvette ZL1, which was sub­ject to the tax. GM also an­nounced that a new, more-ef­fi­cient 450-horse­power V-8 will be the base engine for the iconic Amer­i­can sports car.

When that model is gone, the only GM ve­hi­cles sub­ject to the tax will be the Cadil­lac CTS-V per­for­mance sedan, coupe and wag­ons that use the high-end V-8.

Ex­clud­ing niche brands such as Roll­sRoyce, Bu­gatti and Fer­rari, here’s how other ma­jor car brands are far­ing:

Ford has worked its way off the list en­tirely. It had two mod­els that were sub­ject to the tax in the 2010 model year, but now tech­nol­ogy has im­proved enough that it can pro­duce a 662-horse­power V-8 for the 2013 Ford Shelby GT500 that isn’t sub­ject to the tax.

Only the mod­els in its small-vol­ume, ex­clu­sive SRT per­for­mance division are on the list. They in­clude Dodge Chal­lenger, Charger and Chrysler 300.

The num­ber of mod­els that fall un­der the tax has been re­duced from 17 in the 2010 model year to eight for 2013. One rea­son for the re­duc­tion: killing its su­per-pre­mium May­bach division.

It has eight mod­els on the list for 2013, but adding ef­fi­cient six- and eight-cylin­der en­gines to its gi­ant flag­ship, the 7 Se­ries with eight-speed trans­mis­sion, got that model kicked off the list. The M5 and M6 are still there, but they’ve im­proved enough that the amount of tax to be paid has been re­duced, spokesman Dave Buchko said.

The brand’s speedy su­per­car, the R8, re­mains sub­ject to the tax, but Audi has man­aged to free the S5 and S6. Audi says it sprang the 2013 S5 sport sedan off the list by re­plac­ing its V-8 with a more ef­fi­cient tur­bocharged V-6. Like­wise, the new 2013 S6 ban­ished its 10-cylin­der engine in favour of a V-8.

Thanks to in­creased tech­nol­ogy, by 2014 the Cadil­lac CTS-V per­for­mance sedan, as well as the CTS-V coupe and wagon, will be the only Gen­eral Mo­tors cars that will not be ex­empt from the gas-guz­zler tax. Even the new Corvette will meet the guide­lines.

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