165g/km is the threshold for a company car to qualify for the minimum tax charge of 15 per cent of its P11D price under next April's benefit-in-kind system, although many of these vehicles will be powered by diesel and therefore incur a 3 per cent penalty. Eighteen months ago only 595 cars beat this threshold.
For drivers looking to stay in the lowest tax band in 2003/04 when the minimum CO2 emissions target ratchets down to 155g/km, Emmox has identified 462 cars, compared to 373 models 18 months ago.
And those with a three year perspective should know there are 221 cars with CO2 emissions of 145g/km or below, the threshold for the 15 per cent tax band in 2004/04.
The figures were revealed by Paul Williams, national sales manager of Emmox, at a series of business breakfast seminars for fleet decision-makers, hosted by Fleet News, Ford and Ford Business Partner in Rochdale, Birmingham, Bristol and Gerrards Cross.
Williams also revealed that fleets looking to combine low CO2 emissions with efficient fuel consumption could select from 389 cars with average fuel economy above 35mpg and CO2 emissions below 150g/km.
The event also gave decision-makers an in-depth briefing on the results of the largest survey yet carried out into fleet managers' and fleet drivers' opinions on the new tax system, carried out by Fleet News and Ford.