Volkswagen Group UK launches scrappage schemes for brands

The Nissan LEAF is the UK's highest selling EV | Credit Nissan

Following competitors like Ford, Mercedes-Benz, and Vauxhall, Volkswagen and Toyota have now launched their own scrappage schemes in order to take as many diesel vehicles as possible off the road.

Toyota is offering deals across most of its range including its best-selling hybrid models like the Prius.

In case of drivers opting for its electrified models, they will also benefit from the government's £4,500 grant for low-emission vehicles, meaning customers could save as much as £10,000 on one of VW's new £32,000 e-Golfs.

The Volkswagen brand scheme, first hinted at earlier this month by VW when it revealed a similar strategy in Germany, will offer £1800 off a new Up, while the highest saving is reserved for the Sharan and Passat GTE at £6000.

"They are getting some of these older diesel vehicles off the roads".

The Japanese auto giant's scheme runs from 1 September to 31 December and is open to any vehicle more than seven years old.

The move comes after a similar offer by Toyota, which offered United Kingdom customers as much as £4,000 to trade in their polluting cars for new ones.

Provided they have owned their auto for at least 90 days, customers could get £5,000 off a new Santa Fe SUV or £2,000 off an Ioniq Hybrid.

Dates have not yet been issued by Renault, but most rival offers run until 31 December 2017.

Paul Van der Burgh, Toyota GB managing director, said: "Our scrappage scheme is a win-win solution".

Customers can access Renault's offers of either 4.9% APR PCP or 0% APR hire purchase along with two years free servicing on cars or 0% APR hire purchase with four years free servicing on vans.

"Our world-leading petrol-electric hybrids will be an ideal choice, helping make a genuine contribution to protecting air quality - a crucial concern for today's customers".

Renault's scrappage scheme also sees cars traded in being destroyed and specifically targets Euro 4 vehicles registered by December 31, 2009.

Nissan, whose offer is not a scrappage scheme but a swap, is encouraging a switch to electric vehicles such as its UK-built Leaf, offering discounts of up to £2,000 plus the trade-in value of the older vehicle.

Twingo, ZE vehicles and All-New Koleos are excluded from scheme.

Kia is offering up to £2,000 off the all-new Picanto and Rio, which are the brand's lowest- emission models.

The scheme is open to both petrol and diesel vehicles until the end of the year, and can save motorists between £1,500 and £5,000 on a new Hyundai.

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