From 2021, under a Government plan, Kiwis who want to buy an imported car will face a choice: Buy a clean, green low-emissions vehicle and receive a subsidy of as much as $8000, or choose a high-emission "gas-guzzler" that could increase the price by up to $3000.

The policy is intended to be cost-neutral so the money gained through the fees of the higher-emitting vehicles would offset the subsidies provided to the lower-emission cars.

Introducing the incentive at the point of sale seems a clever way to drive demand for vehicles that are kinder to the environment, and turn Kiwis