TURIN -- Consumers in Italy could get up to 5,000 from the government if they buy a green car.
To boost new-car sales, the Italian government plans to offer incentives of between 1,500 and 5,000 to buyers who exchange a car at least 10 years old for a new model.
Buyers will receive 1,500 if they purchase a new car that has CO2 emissions of less than 140 grams per kilometer for a gasoline model and 130g/km for a diesel car.
The cash bonus rises to 5,000 if the customer buys a new car that has CO2 emissions below 120g/km and is powered by compressed natural gas, electricity or hydrogen. If the car has emissions above 120g/km or is powered by liquid petroleum gas, the cash bonus is 3,000.
Centro Studi Promotor, a Bologna-based research body, said the incentives could boost new-car sales in Italy to more than 2 million units this year compared with 1.85 million if no incentives were offered.