Dutch car buyers pay more taxes because of new emission testing
From the 1st of January 2018 Dutch car buyers pay more for the same car. The reason is an increase in taxes due to the new WLTP emission testing.
If you wanted to buy a new BMW X5 with 3 liter diesel engine last year this car costed minimally 87.000 euro in the Netherlands. From now on, the same car will cost the Dutch consumer 102.000 euro, a 17,2% price increase.
Also the price of a more popular car like a Peugeot 308 SW 1.2 will increase with 2.000 euro, and thus cost 10% more than in 2017. An analysis of 25 popular models indicates that practically all models will be more expensive this year.
Since September last year the official consumption measurements are done according to a new, more realistic scheme (New European Driving Cycle or NEDC became Worldwide harmonized Light Vehicles Test Procedure or WLTP), causing average norm consumption to increase substantially (10 to 25%).
Because these results have a direct influence on car buying taxes (bpm) in the Netherlands, car prices are increasing. Market observers think these increases will be permanent and tend to increase even more.
For the moment there is no such an increase in Belgium yet, as tax rules are still taking the old NEDC measuring into account. This will probably not change before the Brussels Motor Show (and all the car purchasing going with it) has ended. What happens after this, nobody knows yet.