Published: Tue, August 22, 2017
Business | By Max Garcia

Ford to introduce United Kingdom scrappage scheme aimed at improving air quality

Ford to introduce United Kingdom scrappage scheme aimed at improving air quality

Andy Barratt, chairman and MD of Ford of Britain, said the company was offering the scrappage incentive because it "shares society's concerns over air quality".

Incentives are available on a variety of Ford models, from £2,000 for a new Fiesta to £7,000 for a Transit van.

All of the part-exchanged vehicles will be scrapped, Ford said, which would have an "immediate positive effect on air quality".

If your auto was registered before 31 December 2009, you can waltz into any Ford showroom and get £2000 off the cost of a selection of Ford models - namely the new Fiesta, Focus, B-Max, C-Max and Kuga, as well as a selection of Transits.

Car-maker Ford has announced a scheme to enable drivers to scrap the most polluting vehicles and receive thousands of pounds towards the purchase of new, cleaner models.

Despite growing public concern about the air pollution caused by vehicles, auto makers have dragged their heels even as governments across Europe tighten emissions laws.

German manufacturers BMW and Mercedes also recently announced United Kingdom scrappage schemes for pre-Euro 5-compliant vehicles. For now though, these are your only options to get as much money for your old auto as possible.

Any Euro 1-4 auto can be traded in, no matter what brand it is, although the discount can only be applied to low-emission and clean diesel Mercedes cars. There is also a similar offer on selected Ford Transit van models, which we are covering over at The Van Expert.

The scrappage scheme is open to owners of all non-Ford vehicles registered up to and including 31 December 2009 and Ford has pledged to scrap all the cars that are traded in.

The Ford scrappage scheme offer is in addition to any other promotions and discounts.

Forecasts from Lookers show the new vehicle market is expected to shrink by 2.6 per cent this year.

Ford has introduced the scrappage scheme with one eye on the 2040 petrol and diesel ban planned by the government.

The UK government has come under pressure to announce a vehicle scrappage scheme for diesel cars, after it was found that air quality thresholds in cities were repeatedly being breached.

Tough. BMW's introduced its own similar scheme if you're looking to buy a low-emissions BMW or Mini, and Merc has also jumped on the bandwagon, but we'd be very surprised if more manufacturers didn't do the same.

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