A BMW spokesman said 'reasonable' increases were unlikely to force, for example, 7-series drivers into smaller models. And Association of Car Fleet Operators director Stewart Whyte said companies whose senior executives ran large-engined cars would either accept the cost or, in some cases, ask them to downsize.
A spokesman for Mercedes-Benz said it would be unfair to penalise drivers simply for choosing a luxury car. 'We feel that someone buying an expensive car should not be penalised any more than someone buying a more modestly-priced car,' said a spokesman. Jaguar declined to comment.