Vauxhall announces 109g/km Astra 26 January 2010 by Parkers Astra ecoFLEX lowers emissions to 109g/km Prices start at £17,920 Lowest 13% company car tax band Vauxhall has announced a low emission version of its new Astra which ensures company car drivers pay the lowest possible 13% benefit-in-kind tax charge. The ecoFLEX model goes on sale in April with prices starting at £17,920 for the S model. It will also be available in Exclusiv, SE and sporty SRi trim levels - the first time Vauxhall has offered its ecoFLEX fuel saving technology on higher-spec versions. With CO2 emissions of 109g/km the Astra qualifies for VED at £35 per year, benefit-in-kind tax based on 13% of the P11D price and, for companies buying the car outright, the 100% first year writing down allowance. Powered by a 95bhp 1.3-litre CDTi turbodiesel engine, Vauxhall claims combined average fuel economy of 67.3mpg. The engine, recently launched in the uprated Corsa ecoFLEX, uses a five-speed manual transmission, a diesel particulate filter and remapped engine settings. To improve economy further, Vauxhall has worked on the aerodynamics of the car and has included an 'active aero shutter' - a device which closes off at higher speeds to improve airflow. Other tweaks include a smoother underbody and a gearshift indicator housed in the instrument binnacle to advise drivers on the optimum time to change gear to maximise fuel efficiency.