Volkswagen and Toyota launch diesel scrappage schemes
Following competitors like Ford, Mercedes-Benz, and Vauxhall, Volkswagen and Toyota have now launched their own scrappage schemes in order to take as many diesel vehicles as possible off the road.
Volkswagen is offering discounts of up to £6,000 for customers trading in their diesel cars for a new upgrade, or 10,000 euros in Germany. Toyota’s offer Is £4,000 off for models over seven years old.
This move seems an inevitability, with the toughest emissions tests yet are coming into effect and increasing governmental pressure. It is an important move for Volkswagen especially, which has suffered since 2015’s ‘Dieselgate’, a scandal in which millions of VW vehicles were proven to have cheated emissions tests.
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According to the BBC’s Today programme, Tim Urquhart, Principal Analyst at IHS Automotive, this scheme is about improving Volkswagen’s credibility as well as making money.
"We've seen a bit of a drop in the UK car market this year after years of really accelerated growth. I think the manufacturers are looking to get people into their showrooms.
"At the same time VW are showing they are being socially responsible. They are getting some of these older diesel vehicles off the roads."
The EU’s new emissions tests, launched today, will require all new cars to undergo much stricter testing before they hit the showroom. They are set to be the most stringent in the world, to ensure the least pollution and environmental damage.
Chief Executive of The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, Mike Hawes, said: "Combined, these new and demanding tests will soon give consumers emissions performance information that is far closer to what they experience behind the wheel.
"They will also inspire greater confidence that the new cars they buy are not only the cleanest, but the most fuel efficient ever produced."
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