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Vauxhall declares death on bangers

Date: 06 June 2007

CO2 beating Corsa

Vauxhall is undertaking a Europe-wide initiative to clear the roads of old polluting cars and replace them with the cleanest Vauxhall models in its range, by introducing £1000 bonuses to scrap elderly models.

From now until the end of August the Luton-based manufacturer will offer £1000 bonus for scrapping an old car to anyone trading in for the lowest polluting Corsa, Meriva, Astra and Zafira. Those not wanting their vehicle scrapped but buying one of the lowest polluting vehicles will also benefit from a £250 discount.

The manufacturer cites the example of a 1995 Vauxhall Astra 1.7D that is capable of 44.2mpg. The equivalent modern 1.3 CDTi version goes 14.7miles further on a gallon, saves £300 a year in fuel and pollutes 800kg of CO2 less per year while producing less poisonous emissions. The newer car also consumes half of the energy to manufacturer compared with old.

The offer is available to retail and small businesses - which Vauxhall classes as anyone running a fleet of fewer than 25 cars.