Volkswagen, Nissan, Toyota and Kia on Friday became the latest carmakers to launch their own scrappage schemes in Britain, as sales slide, saying they aimed to get motorists to trade in their old cars for less polluting new models.
The Volkswagen brand scheme, first hinted at earlier this month by VW when it revealed a similar strategy in Germany, will offer £1800 off a new Up, while the highest saving is reserved for the Sharan and Passat GTE at £6000.
Across all five scrappage schemes, cars of any brand can be traded in, although they must be diesel models and must have been registered before 2010 with pre-Euro 5 emissions classification.
The automaker launched a similar program in Germany following an industry summit with government officials in August. Ironically, much of the controversy now around diesel followed the Volkswagen emissions-dodging scandal involving millions of vehicles worldwide.More news: Taylor Swift's new music video makes biggest YouTube debut ever
If drivers opt for its electrified models, they will also benefit from the government's £4,500 grant for low-emission vehicles, meaning customers could save as much as £10,000 on one of VW's new £32,000 e-Golfs. The Zoe electric auto is not included, though.
"We've seen a bit of a drop in the United Kingdom auto market this year after years of really accelerated growth".
"Combined, these new and demanding tests will soon give consumers emissions performance information that is far closer to what they experience behind the wheel - and inspire greater confidence that the new cars they buy are not only the cleanest but the most fuel efficient ever produced".
He said VW's scrappage incentives would vary from country to country due to factors such as transport costs and vehicles being cheaper in its home market.More news: Police Says German Nurse Who Killed 84 Patients
All vehicles exchanged will be scrapped and processed at authorised treatment facilities run by Autogreen.
The move comes after a similar offer by Toyota, which offered United Kingdom customers as much as £4,000 to trade in their polluting cars for new ones.
He added that by matching rival offerings VW will probably keep its advantage over its opposition. Eligibility? Anyone who's owned a pre-2010 diesel auto for more than six months.
Customers can get a discount of £2,000 off models including Aygo, Prius and Hilux, and £4,000 off a Land Cruiser. Meanwhile, Toyota is providing to ₤ 4,000 off models over 7 years old.More news: Mitch Trubisky expected to start Bears' exhibition finale Thursday
"Our scrappage scheme is a win-win solution".