Volkswagen Group diesels with emissions falling into the Euro 1 to Euro 4 categories can be traded in for Euro 6 models

Volkswagen and Audi have launched diesel trade-in schemes for their cars in the latest push to support the German government’s air-quality plans, with similar schemes under consideration for the UK. 

A Volkswagen Group spokesman said: "We’re at an early stage at the moment but each of the Volkswagen Group UK brands will be considering the benefits of such a scheme in the UK." 

Drivers are be able to claim €2000-€10,000 (between £1800 and £9000) off the price of a new Volkswagen, depending on the model. The €2000 incentive is offered for the Up, while the maximum €10,000 is exclusively for the Touareg. Trade-ins from all brands are accepted, and are not limited to VW Group brands alone. 

The announcement follows a meeting between German government officials and the country’s car industry. It is reported that BMW, Daimler and Opel were also involved in the talks, although there is no announcement of similar schemes from Daimler or Opel. 

In addition, environmental incentives of €1000, €1785 and €2380 are being offered for natural gas, hybrid and electric powertrains respectively, meaning a Volkswagen Passat GTE can combine these discounts to €9785, while the e-Golf can be purchased with a €7380 discount. 

Audi has launched a parallel scheme in Germany, offering discounts of €3000-€10,000 on its models, depending on their position in the Audi line-up. In exchange for the discount, the traded-in car will be scrapped, accelerating the switchover to more efficient cars, claims Audi. 

The incentives are available only until 31 December, with similar schemes in the pipeline for VW’s commercial vehicles arm, as well as Porsche, Seat and Skoda. BMW today extended its equivalent scheme to the UK, so it's likely that the Volkswagen Group will follow suit.

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9 August 2017
In the four months Volkswagen expects how many of the around two million Euro 1 and 4 customers in Germany to trade up to Euro 6 cars? Is it right to assume that a similar scheme will soon be offered in the UK - home to a similar number of Euro 1 and 4 dirty diesels? Where is the non plugin revolutionary VW hybrid that Autocar has been telling us about for about two years? Until the EV revolution sets up Prius like hybridisation appears a viable solution to meet the tightening emissions targets.

9 August 2017

If Volkswagen were really concerned about air pollution then they would offer an LPG version of all of their models in all European markets.

10 August 2017
max1e6 wrote:

If Volkswagen were really concerned about air pollution then they would offer an LPG version of all of their models in all European markets.

Then they'd just have to find a mug to buy one

 

Hydrogen cars just went POP

10 August 2017

'Then they'd just have to find a mug to buy one'

What is wrong with using LPG?

10 August 2017
max1e6 wrote:

'Then they'd just have to find a mug to buy one'

What is wrong with using LPG?

Nothing at all. He's just trolling as per usual due to his hatred of VW so just ignore him.

9 August 2017

At least a manufacturers scheme like this doesn't involve me as a taxpayer subsidising diesel car drivers yet again.

10 August 2017
catnip wrote:

At least a manufacturers scheme like this doesn't involve me as a taxpayer subsidising diesel car drivers yet again.

 

Oh, they'll find a way, I'm sure...

Where has all Japanese design went to?

11 August 2017

There is no air-quality improvement if the dirty diesels are just sold on.

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