Why is the tax for my Mazda 6 auto so much more than a manual version?

I own a Mazda 6, it's a beautiful car. Can you tell me why there is such a huge difference in road tax for a manual versus an automatic. My Mazda 6 auto is £113 per year, but a Mazda 6 manual is as low as £15 - sometimes £30.

Asked on 31 October 2017 by Peter cafferty

Answered by Honest John
Cars first registered before April 2017 are taxed annually on the basis of their CO2 output. Emissions of 121-130g/km are taxed at £115pa. Emissions of 111-120g/km are taxed at £30pa. And emissions of 101-110g/km are taxed at £20pa. New cars first registered from April 2017 are all taxed at £140pa from the second year onwards, unless they are hybrids - which are taxed at £130pa. If the hybrid's original list price was £40,000 or more, they're hit with an additional luxury tax of £310pa.
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