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Aussies could pay more for utes and SUVs under new rules

Australians could soon pay more for utes and SUVs under the federal government's new long-awaited fuel efficiency standards.
Owners of Australia's top-selling car in 2023, the Ford Ranger, could pay up to $6150 more for new vehicles from next year, Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) Chief Executive Tony Webber told Today.
The standards will only apply to new passenger and light commercial vehicles in Australia, bringing it into line with the United States.
FCAI Chief Executive Tony Weber expect the impat will be signifcant. (Nine)
Other impacted vehicles will include the Toyota Land Cruiser, Mazda CX5 and Isuzu D Max.
Eco-friendly car options, such as electric vehicles are expected to see the opposite effect on prices.
Minister for Climate Change and Energy Chris Bowen unveiled the preferred model earlier this month, which he expected would deliver more choices to would-be buyers by encouraging car makers to sell more electric and fuel-efficient vehicles.
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Weber however stressed the government needed to get it right and not rush any decisions.
"This is a movement ultimately to electric vehicles, but it's going to take time," he said.
"We know electric vehicles, but technology doesn't work for everyone, it's expensive.
"We need the infrastructure recharging, especially for people living in apartment blocks.
"It's complex. Let's not rush it."
The government will consult on the preferred model for a month and introduce the legislation as soon as possible, with the new cost-saving rules to come into effect by January 1, 2025.

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