Ford announces £2000 scrappage scheme

Ford announces £2000 scrappage scheme

Ford announces £2000 scrappage scheme

From September 1 to December 31, Ford will offer to pay drivers as much as 4,000 pounds (€4,362) for cars and 7,000 pounds (€7,642) for vans if they replace vehicles at least eight years old with newer models, according to a press release by the Detroit-based automaker on Tuesday.

The scrappage programme will run until the end of the year, effective for new vehicle registrations from September 1 to December 31 2017, Ford said.

They will then get a £2,000 contribution to a range of new Euro VI-compliant Fords, including the Fiesta, B-Max, Focus, C-Max, Kuga and Transit.

"Ford shares society's concerns over air quality", its managing director in Britain Andy Barratt said on Tuesday.

"We will ensure that all trade-in vehicles are scrapped", Barratt said. "Acting together we can take hundreds of thousands of the dirtiest cars off our roads and out of our cities".

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All vehicles that are swapped will be scrapped - making an immediate impact on the environment, it said.

More unusually, Ford's plans allow customers to trade in an old vehicle from any manufacturer until December.

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

Unlike schemes by BMW and Mercedes, which are only for diesels, Ford will also accept petrol cars reports the BBC. Like the Ford deal, Mercedes is offering the discount until the end of 2017. They both also restrict the models you can have in return, with BMW limited the options to its range of cars with Carbon dioxide outputs below 130g/km and Mercedes only offering savings on new diesel models, hybrids and Smart electric cars. It can be from any brand and be powered by a petrol or diesel engine.

Vauxhall and BMW have already announced similar schemes, as the auto industry struggles to address the air pollution issue and the fallout from the VW emissions scandal. However, the vehicle sale market in general has been struggling of late as the impact of Brexit has seen consumers tighten their spending as inflation has risen.

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