Automakers offer scrappage deals in race for new clients in UK

Volkswagen sparked a backlash against diesel after fitting cars with devices to cheat emissions tests

Volkswagen sparked a backlash against diesel after fitting cars with devices to cheat emissions tests Credit EPA

A number of the UK's major vehicle brands have launched their own scrappage incentives, in an effort to increase sales as the motoring public braces for increasing financial penalties for driving an older diesel auto. Eligibility? Anyone who's owned a pre-2010 diesel vehicle for more than six months.

This offer can be used on top of any other offers from the dealer/manufacturer/finance company. "Motorists can dispose of their older vehicles and have access to our cleaner, more efficient model range", Toyota's managing director Paul Van der Burgh said.

The VW Group has also confirmed that vehicles traded in under its scheme will be scrapped and not sold on.

Greenpeace UK clean air campaigner Anna Jones said: "Car makers have already proved they aren't trustworthy so to ensure the industry really does come clean Government should be taking charge of a scrappage scheme and forcing vehicle makers to contribute".

Audi's scrappage scheme offers between £2000 and £8000 off its range - the smallest £2000 saving applied to the Q2 and the largest £8000 saving offered on its Q7 e-tron plug-in hybrid.

Two years ago, it was revealed that Volkswagen had cheated emissions tests that affected 11 million vehicles worldwide.

Rivals BMW, Mercedes, Hyundai, Vauxhall and Ford have also brought in schemes in the last month offering incentives to buy new, clean cars and replace older, dirtier models.

As a result, the European Union has introduced a reinvigorated and tougher emissions-testing regime for new cars, which includes using specialist equipment to examine the exhaust emissions of a vehicle as it drives on the open road.

Drivers who want to buy a new Volkswagen Golf - the third most popular vehicle in the United Kingdom this year - can save £4,000.

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.

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".

You must be the owner of the part-exchange vehicle and the buyer of the new auto (same name and registered address).

Electric and hybrid vehicles, which attract government grants, will be included in the scheme.

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

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