Here (I live 5 km from Germany) the cheapest version is €11490 (link). In the Netherlands we have BPM, (a special tax for cars) which makes cars more expensive than abroad. This tax is relative to the CO2 emission, which would be €2911 for that German 'Basis'. So with BPM that 'Basis' would cost €10901 here. I think you also pay VAT over the BPM, which makes it €11483.
Originally Posted by foama
For that 7 euros difference I'm not going to import a German Space Star.
Now the interesting part. In the page you linked, the emission is specified as 103g CO2/km for the 'Plus', while other models are higher. In the Netherlands it's 91g/km for the 1L CVT, and 100g/km for the 1.2 manual. I think the whole EU uses the same standards to measure this sort of things, which means that a German Space Star is different from a Dutch one. On paper a Dutch one is 10% more economical! (Yet @25plus gets 28.7km/L from his German sample, but that's another story). The difference in BPM for 91g/km and 103g/km is €1136. So Mitsubishi can spent €1000 a vehicle to drop the emission from 103g/km to 91g/km, offer the same retail price, and still have €136 more profit.
View my fuel log 2013 Space Star Cleartec Intense 1.0 manual: 54.5 mpg (US) ... 23.2 km/L ... 4.3 L/100 km ... 65.5 mpg (Imp)