Yesterday, you may have read my blog questioning just how much scrappage had benefited the British market.
Well, despite my initial doubts, it seems that scrappage has done a lot for the car manufacturers with British factories after all, not just those importing cars from abroad.
Ford has been the real star of the scrappage scheme so far. With 10,953 models shifted to the end of the July, 45 per cent of which are Fiestas, it’s managed to go straight to the top of the scrappage sales charts.
Although Ford doesn’t actually build cars in this country anymore, it does still produce engines. Every single Fiesta has an engine in it which has been produced at either Dagenham or at Bridgend, while nearly all the engines found in the Focus are UK-built too.
The success of these two models in the scrappage scheme has undoubtedly been a boost to Ford and once you factor in dealers, suppliers and servicemen, around 100,000 direct and indirect Ford employees have benefited from the scheme.
It’s no just those from Ford who have benefited either. Vauxhall told me the scrappage scheme had been “excellent” for them, and I doubt any of its 4500 UK employees would complain either.
“Scrappage has benefited the lower end of the market,” said our Vauxhall source. “The five-door Astra is exclusively produced Ellesmere Port and the strong scrappage sales of this model have given us a huge boost.”
Scrappage seems to have given Vauxhall a welcome boost before production of the new five-door Astra begins at Ellesmere in September.
Japanese firms Toyota, Honda and Nissan all told Autocar that the UK’s scrappage scheme had done good things for their employees, too.
Nissan builds its Note, Micra and Qashqai models at its Sunderland factory and it employees around 4500 people. These models have all enjoyed scrappage success and are likely to continue to do so.
Honda said it wasn’t just the UK’s scrappage scheme that had given a boost to its 3500 workers at its Swindon factory, where the three-door Civic is produced.
“You have to remember that we make Civics for the whole of Europe, so other scrappage schemes have helped us too,” said our Honda source. “Swindon had had a boost even before the UK launched its scrappage scheme but it’s certainly been a good thing.”
Toyota builds its Avensis and Auris models at its Derbyshire factory and although these sales of these models haven’t been massively boosted by scrappage, Toyota has been pleased with the results as a whole.
“Toyota has definitely benfited from scrappage in the UK,” said our source. “We’ve taken about 13,000 orders under the scheme so far.”
To return to my previous blog title, has scrappage let down British car makers? Well as it turns out, certainly not as much as I first thought. I never doubted the benefits of scrappage, honest…