New cars in Portugal are among the most expensive in Europe

mercedesConfirming what every car owner knows to his or her cost, new cars in Portugal are among the most expensive in Europe.

Jornal de Notícias looked at prices for 20 best selling car models in Portugal, Spain, France and Germany and found that not one vehicle was more expensive in the other countries.

The reason is the government’s taxation policy which penalised buyers of the smallest run-around to the most luxurious or sporty.

One tax is based on engine size and the resulting estimate of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. Then there’s double taxation, with Portuguese buyers paying the vehicle purchase tax, 'Imposto Sobre Veículos' and then VAT on top – a tax that is taxed again.

The best-selling car in 2018, the 90 horse power Renault Clio Zen model which costs €1,700 less in Germany than in Portugal and €2,000 more than in Spain. The diesel version costs around €5,000 more.

"There is no fiscal harmony in the European Union. Even during the Portuguese presidency of the EU in 2000, we raised the question but nothing was done, which means that member States tax cars as they see fit," says Hélder Pedro, secretary general of the Automobile Association Portugal.

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-2 #9 Darcy 2019-03-07 14:52
No problem with roads north of lisboa, it's just the roads in the forgotten region of the Algarve.
+7 #8 Tr 2019-03-07 14:31
The EU does not set member state taxes.
It is not part of its remit .
+4 #7 Peter Booker 2019-03-07 08:14
Quoting mj1:
most expensive cars in Europe ruined by the worst roads in Europe, so many roads here are pot holes with tarmac in-between


One country which is suffering extremely from potholes in roads is the UK. I do not find many potholes to complain about here in the Algarve.
+2 #6 Chris Nielson 2019-03-07 07:52
"New cars in Portugal are the most expensive in Europe" This is incorrect reporting! For instance, Denmark has a much higher tax on cars than Portugal. A Suzuki Vitara starts at about 17k eur in Portugal, whereas the starting price in Denmark is more than 26k eur.
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Wording duly altered, thanks!
0 #5 Emma Wilson 2019-03-07 07:17
mj1's comment about the used / second hand MG Zt in Portugal suggests this Trumps even China's car import taxes .... this article describes a Jeep almost doubling in price between US and China
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/20/business/economy/china-us-trade-tariffs.html
+2 #4 Darcy 2019-03-06 19:37
Quoting Jack Reacher:
EU Commission is a weak and pathetic club that cant make it's members play fair across the board. No wonder the UK and others are queing up to leave.

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What other countries are queuing up to leave European Union ??
+2 #3 mj1 2019-03-06 19:31
I recall seeing an MG Zt for sale in Lagoa some years ago, the price was 23000 euros...yet on the uk ebay site with some bargain hunting it was possible to buy at least 4 MG ZTs of the same year and same mileage as what was being asked for one model here

utter extortion from the govt
+5 #2 mj1 2019-03-06 19:28
most expensive cars in Europe ruined by the worst roads in Europe, so many roads here are pot holes with tarmac in-between
-8 #1 Jack Reacher 2019-03-06 18:08
EU Commission is a weak and pathetic club that cant make it's members play fair across the board. No wonder the UK and others are queing up to leave.

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