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VW announces diesel scrappage scheme in Germany

Volkswagen Group has launched a new scrappage scheme in Germany to incentivise drivers out of older diesels.

The company is offering between €500 (£440) and €7,000 (£6,150) on top of the market value of an old pre-Euro 5 vehicle, if the owner buys a new or nearly new VW Group model.

Drivers choosing a low emission car will be given an extra incentive worth up to €8,000 (£7,025).

The deals are available to vehicle keepers in the 14 German cities classified by its federal government as having the highest levels of pollution.

Non-Euro 6 diesels are already banned from entering certain parts of Hamburg, and similar restrictions are expected in Frankfurt next year.

“The Volkswagen Group is making a significant contribution to improving air quality in German cities with this comprehensive package of fleet renewal measures. We are thus supporting the federal government’s efforts to prevent possible driving bans and offering our customers unrestricted individual mobility,” said Dr. Christian Dahlheim, head of Group Sales.

But, UK buyers will not benefit from the same deals. Volkswagen UK confirmed it has no current plans to introduce such a scheme.

Until April this year, UK customers could receive between £1,500 and £6,000 off the majority of new Volkswagen models, when trading in a pre-Euro 5 model.

Volkswagen said its first environmental incentive from August 2017 to June 2018 successfully demonstrated that systematic fleet renewal is a swift and efficient way of improving air quality.

Throughout the Group, more than 210,000 old diesel vehicles were taken off the roads, scrapped and replaced by modern, cleaner models. In combination with the software updates for diesel vehicles, nitrogen dioxide emissions have thus been reduced by more than 10,000 tonnes per year.

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  • Tim Buck - 19/10/2018 12:07

    This article does not say what happens to the old pre Euro 5 vehicle. If it is sold on then surely this is just a marketing exercise.

  • les Bailey - 19/10/2018 12:42

    The latest diesels are very clean so by the time euro 8 comes out there will be no problem because they are clean. Bosch Delphi have this technology now. Question:Where is our government and every other government going to get all the lost revenue what they collect off fuel tax How long and were is the money coming from to build power stations to charge all the batteries on all of the transport. What about houses with the gas,oil,and solid fuel heating boilers (in the winter running for 12 hours) What about wood burners are all these to be banned and changed to electric? Ships and planes and manufacturing industries that use gas do we close them. Why is hydrogen not used for cars which expels water out of the exhaust which BMW had 25 years ago. Big question governments giving subsidy and grants out so that means all the governments have money so why have we got people living on the streets and people starving??? Is this not more important than slagging off diesels all the time.We need to get our priorities right and all you government officials who go home to a cosy house and(some have 2 what we pay for) treat the homeless with some respect.

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