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Roadblocks for the SUV?
SUVs aren't cheap to begin with, but they may soon be getting a lot more expensive in France. Environment Minister Serge Lepeltier is pushing a new green-tinged plan this month that, beginning next year, would tax automobiles according to their size and the amount of their noxious emissions. Under the scheme, the biggest 4x4 would be subject to a surcharge as high as €3,500, while purchasers of small, clean cars would receive a rebate.

The plan is controversial in the French government and still needs final approval. But it reflects...

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