When the scrappage scheme was announced in the Budget on April 22, Autocar was inundated with off-the-record conversations with manufacturers saying that the scheme was unfair and unworkable.
The chief bones of contention were that the government would only supply half of the £2000 grant, with the manufacturer paying the other £1000, and that the discount had to apply to every car in a manufacturer’s range.
Such was the griping and fury, it was even – briefly – mooted that the manufacturers could join up in rebellion, and refuse to have any part of the government’s scheme. Supermini manufacturers were particularly vocal, saying they didn’t even make £1000 profit per car.
Yet here we are, little more than three weeks and a couple of clear-the-air chats between the manufacturers and the government later, and every one of the major manufacturers has fallen in line and signed up for the scheme.