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Ford scrappage scheme offers up to £7,000 off the price of new cars and vans

Date: 22 August 2017   |   Author: Daniel Puddicombe

Ford has launched a car and van scrappage scheme aimed at improving the country's air quality.

Applicable to any pre-Euro 5 vehicle registered before 31 December 2009, the scheme offers motorists £2,000 off the cost of new Ford models.

Unlike other scrappage schemes being run by BMW and Mercedes, Ford's programme allows motorists to scrap petrol vehicles as well as diesels.

The programme will run until the end of the year and is effective for registrations from 1 September to 31 December.

According to Ford, drivers could save up to £7,000 off the list price of vehicles when combining the scheme with standard offers. Vehicles from any manufacturer can be exchanged for cash.

Ford cited data from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) that suggests there are around 19.3 million pre-Euro 5 vehicles on the roads. The US brand claimed that reducing that number through its scrappage programme would have the effect of reducing CO2 emissions by 15 million tons a year - the same as the annual output of three coal-fired power stations.

"Ford shares society's concerns over air quality," said Andy Barratt, chairman and managing director of Ford of Britain. "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."

He added: "We don't believe incentivising sales of new cars goes far enough and we will ensure that all trade-in vehicles are scrapped. Acting together, we can take hundreds of thousands of the dirtiest cars off our roads and out of our cities."

The launch of the scheme comes just before the crucial 'plate-change' month in September and also comes as new car registrations have fallen for four consecutive months, with registrations hit by the harsher VED regime coming into force in April as well as economic uncertainty caused by the ongoing Brexit talks.