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

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

In a surprise move that could help shake up the United Kingdom auto market, Ford said it did not believe incentivising the purchase of new, cleaner vehicles went far enough towards improving air quality, and that it was therefore taking affirmative action to encourage the dirtiest petrol and diesel vehicles off the roads.

Ford has announced a new scrappage scheme - aimed at improving air quality by removing high-polluting vehicles from United Kingdom roads.

Ford's move targets about 15 million cars and vans across the UK.

Applicable to any pre-Euro 5 vehicle, registered before December 2009, the scheme will enable eligible consumers to benefit from of a scrappage incentive of £2,000 which can be used to offset the price of a variety of new Ford petrol or diesel models.

"It's a good time for the industry to respond", said Andy Barratt, chairman and managing director of Ford Britain, in a phone interview.

'Removing generations of the most polluting vehicles will have the most immediate positive effect on air quality, and this Ford scrappage scheme aims to do just that.




Ford Motor Co. became the latest automaker to offer cash to United Kingdom drivers if they scrap the most polluting vehicles on the roads, targeting about 15 million cars and vans across the country. The trade-in vehicle must be scrapped to receive the incentive.

According to Ford, by combining the scrappage incentive with other standard offers, customers could receive up to 4,000 pounds off a vehicle or 7,000 pounds off the cost of a van.

Following the announcement of a number of new taxes and penalties for diesel drivers, sales data has revealed that used diesel vehicle values have fallen below used petrol auto values for the first time.

The scheme will run from 1 September to 31 December 2017, and is available on the Fiesta, B-Max, Focus, C-Max and Kuga, plus the Transit Courier, Connect and Custom, and the Transit van itself.

BMW and Mercedes' offers, both of which kicked off this month, only allow drivers to trade-in the pre-Euro 5 diesel cars. "I would urge other manufacturers to consider how they can play a part in creating a cleaner example - particularly those with the worst real world emissions".


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