Government says figures prove scheme is working
15 June 2009

More than 60,000 people have ordered new cars under the scrappage scheme, new government figures have revealed.

The inititiative was announced at the end of April and the new figures record orders up to 7 June.

Under the incentive car buyers are given £2000 off a new car if they scrap one that is ten years old.

Business secretary Lord Mandelson welcomed the figures, saying they were proof that the scheme is working.

"Consumers know a good deal when they see one. These figures speak for themselves," he said.

The government has set aside £300m for the scrappage scheme, with £1000 coming from the taxpayer for each discount. Scrappage is set to end in March 2010 or if the money runs out sooner.

A Society of Motor Manufacturers & Traders (SMMT) spokeswoman said: "The SMMT is encouraged by the figures and the positive start to the scheme. These orders should be reflected in the new car registration figures in the coming months."

Add your comment

Log in or register to post comments

Find an Autocar car review

Driven this week

  • Mercedes-Benz E-Class Estate
    First Drive
    19 March 2018
    The Mercedes-Benz E-Class could be all the estate car you’ll ever want — or it could be overkill. Let’s see which...
  • Dallara Stradale
    The Stradale is the first road-legel car from Italian motorsport constructor Dallara
    First Drive
    16 March 2018
    The motorsport constructor's first road car is inspired by Lotus minimalism. Does it thrill on road and track?
  • Hyundai i30 N
    Standard spec is good so paint colour is our car’s only option
    First Drive
    16 March 2018
    What’s Hyundai’s first hot hatch and N-brand debutant really like? Let’s find out
  • Porsche Boxster GTS
    This is the new GTS version of the Porsche Boxster
    First Drive
    15 March 2018
    The 718-generation Boxster is our favourite roadster of the moment – so is this new GTS variant worth the extra outlay?
  • BMW 5 Series
    First Drive
    15 March 2018
    The BMW 5 Series is top of the mid-exec pack, but is there still room for a diesel saloon in everyday family life?