Two years on from 'dieselgate', Volkswagen launches diesel scrappage scheme

VW electric car

VW electric car

Two years after Volkswagen was rocked by a diesel emissions scandal, the company has said it will offer drivers thousands of pounds to scrap their old diesel cars.

'Whilst we had also encouraged the government to promote a scrappage scheme, we are delighted that major manufacturers have taken the lead to promote their own schemes'.

Earlier this week Toyota announced its own scrappage scheme, with motorists offered between £2,000 and £4,000 off when trading in their old model for a new Toyota.

Toyota is offering deals across most of its range including its best-selling hybrid models like the Prius.

Paul Philpott, Kia's president and chief executive, said: "'A number of scrappage schemes - many applying only to bigger models with higher emission levels - have been launched recently, but the Kia seven-year switch scrappage scheme is simple and easy to understand".

Trade in a vehicle which is older than seven years old for a new Kia Picanto or Rio and you can enjoy a £2,000 discount.

Hilton also suggested that the way forward is not through individual schemes operated by each manufacturer but through a more formalised approach.

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VW says the trade-in diesel model will definitely be scrapped, and the scheme runs from now until 31 December.

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.

Running until the end of the year, the scheme provides an additional £2,000 off any new BMW or Mini with official Carbon dioxide emissions of less than 130g/km.

Nissan is calling its scheme a "switch" plan as not all the cars traded in will be ditched.

The only criteria is that the new vehicle must be bought in the same name that the old auto was registered to. From Friday, a more gruelling "WLTP" test on one of these devices is being implemented, which will be supplemented by a "RDE" test on the roads, meaning the new regime will give a much more representative measure in emissions and efficiency.

Cars now have to pass emissions tests in real driving conditions, as well as an improved laboratory test, before they can be driven on European roads.

Carmakers are keen to promote their green credentials in the wake of the VW emissions scandal but sales in September, one of only two occasions each year when a new licence plate series is introduced to indicate the age of the vehicle, normally account for almost 20 percent of full-year demand in Britain.

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