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Here's yet another new model designed to save on tax bills through low CO2 emissions. This time it's a version of the Hyundai i30

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Here's yet another new model designed to save on tax bills through low CO2 emissions. This time it's a version of the Hyundai i30 which is due to go on sale in January next year.

The latest i30 has an official CO2 emissions figure of 119g/km, which puts it into VED Band B, and also means that it will be exempt from the London congestion charge if the proposed new legislation goes through.

Most of the other recently-announced new models which achieve similar results are tweaked for the purpose with improved aerodynamics, low-resistance tyres and higher gearing, and perhaps some kind of stop-start system as well.

Hyundai, however, points out - not without a tinge of justifiable smugness - that it hasn't done any of this with the new i30. All that's happened is that it has introduced an 89bhp version of the 1.6-litre CRDi turbo diesel engine already fitted to the car in 113bhp form.

The car will be recognisable on the road from the fact that it has a green 'i' badge on the front wings. What you won't notice, unless you poke around underneath, is that it also has a diesel particulate filter, which doesn't help the CO2 figures or reduce taxation, but does mean that the exhaust gas is cleaner.

Pricing will be announced nearer the car's launch.