Ford announces petrol and diesel scrappage scheme

Javier Stokes
August 23, 2017

Ford Motor Co. has unveiled a scrappage scheme for United Kingdom consumers to trade in cars over seven years old, by offering 2,000 pounds discount on some new models.

Ford is launching a scrappage scheme to encourage people to purchase newer, cleaner models of Euro 6 specification.

The auto giant is seeking to improve air quality levels in the United Kingdom, but has moved beyond incentivising new vehicle purchases by offering drivers discounts to trade in older models registered before December 2009.

Each model available gets a £2,000 discount for scrapping your old auto, while Ford has added an additional saving on most models (except the Fiesta) to encourage drivers to take up the offer.

Ford of Britain chairman and managing director Andy Barratt said: "Ford shares society's concerns over air quality".

"We don't believe incentivising sales of new cars goes far enough and we will ensure that all trade-in vehicles are scrapped", said Barratt.

The company's United Kingdom boss said it "shares society's concerns over air quality" and that the scheme could take hundreds of thousands of the dirtiest vehicles off the road. All the vehicles that meet the requirement will be eligible for the scrappage incentive against a range of Ford vehicles.

Other vehicle manufacturers are predicted to follow Ford and the other brands.

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According to Ford, customers could receive up to 4,000 pounds off a auto or 7,000 pounds off the cost of a van by combining the scrappage incentive with other standard offers.

Ford unveiled a vehicle and van scrappage scheme today following in the tracks of BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Vauxhall in a bid to improve air quality in the UK.

In July, new auto registrations fell for the fourth consecutive month in a row, hit by a number of factors including uncertainty over Brexit and lack of clarity over future government plans around new levies on diesel models.

The cars will then be taken off the road and scrapped.

Ford's sales volumes were almost 24% lower last month and 4% down for the January-July period, according to the recent figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). It can be from any brand and be powered by a petrol or diesel engine.

The Government last month announced proposals to introduce a "targeted scrappage scheme" as part of its court-mandated plans for meeting legal European Union limits on harmful nitrogen dioxide pollution.

VW - hit by the emissions scandal in 2015 - is also poised to launch a similar scheme in the United Kingdom, following one already running in Germany.

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