More carmakers launch new United Kingdom trade-in schemes as sales slide

Volkswagen Scrappage Scheme Launched Offers Big Savings

The scheme offers customers the chance to benefit from savings of between £3,000 and £7,000, which includes a £2,000 scrappage allowance.

A similar trade-in scheme exists in Germany.

The scheme marks increased efforts by the vehicle manufacturer to recover from the emissions scandal, where the software in cars manipulated emissions tests.

Automaker Nissan is offering a scrappage scheme for customers to switch to all-electric Nissan LEAFs, while fellow Japanese automaker Toyota and German manufacturer Volkswagen (VW) have also entered the diesel scrappage market.

The German manufacturer sparked outrage in September 2015 when it was found to have fitted software created to cheat emissions tests to 11 million diesel vehicles worldwide, including nearly 1.2 million in the UK.

Meanwhile, the marque's plug-in hybrid and fully electric models are leading players in the EV world.

The VW group scheme applies to older diesel vehicles with engines that only meet the Euro 1-4 European Union emissions standards.

The EU's new emissions tests, launched today, will require all new cars to undergo much stricter testing before they hit the showroom.


"It's a fact that the latest, Euro 6 compliant petrol and diesel engines are rated as substantially cleaner than these older engines, and this is a great way of both publicising the giant strides the industry has made and also stimulating demand for sales at a time the auto market is down year-on-year".

"Owners of older vehicles typically don't have the money to spend on a new vehicle, even with these discounts - in normal circumstances it would be far more likely that they would trade up to another, less old used auto". The UK offer builds on VW's scrappage scheme now in place in Germany.

All vehicles exchanged will be scrapped and processed at authorised treatment facilities run by Autogreen.

New auto registrations fell for the fourth month in a row in July, the longest run of declines since 2011, as demand cools due to faltering consumer confidence ahead of Brexit and uncertainty over whether the government will impose new penalties on drivers of the most-polluting vehicles.

Customers can get a discount of £2,000 off models including Aygo, Prius and Hilux, and £4,000 off a Land Cruiser.

Toyota said it was offering up to £4,000 for buyers of a Land Cruiser, adding: "We go to great lengths to make sure [the old] vehicle is scrapped in the greenest possible way, with everything which can possibly be recycled being extracted by experts".

AA president Edmund King said: 'The vast majority of drivers care about air quality and support scrappage schemes to encourage the take-up of cleaner, greener vehicles.

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