Ford becomes latest carmaker to launch United Kingdom scrappage scheme

Ford is offering the discount on a range of models- from Fiestas to Transit vans

Ford is offering the discount on a range of models- from Fiestas to Transit vans Credit Telegraph

Ford is the latest high-profile auto manufacturer to offer a scrappage scheme for older, more polluting vehicles, offering drivers £2,000 to trade in vehicles for newer models.

Ford said all old vans and cars from any manufacturer traded in for new before the end of December would be eligible.

Ford Motor Company (NYSE:F) is offering United Kingdom buyers between 2,000 pounds (~$2,500) and 7,000 pounds to trade in their used cars or vans as the manufacturer joins peers in efforts to get more-polluting vehicles off the road and boost sagging auto sales.

Andy Barratt, Ford of Britain chairman and managing director, said: "Ford shares society's concerns over air quality". We would like to know whether readers agree that this model of scheme, funded by the automotive industry, is a good way to get older, more polluting vehicles off the road.

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"We will ensure that all trade-in vehicles are scrapped", Barratt said.

The company's United Kingdom boss said it "shares society's concerns over air quality" and that the scheme could take hundreds of thousands of the dirtiest vehicles off the road. All vehicles traded in will be scrapped with immediate effect in the hope of improving air pollution.

The scheme is created to remove older, more polluting vehicles from the UK's roads, and to replace them with more modern, cleaner models.

Replacing old gasoline and diesel cars alone could save 15 million tons of Carbon dioxide annually, the company said.

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And Mercedes is slashing £2,000 off a new Euro 6 diesel, pure electric or plug-in hybrid when customers trade in their old auto. BMW's scheme is available for owners of vehicles that meet Euro 4 standards of less - essentially most cars registered before 2005.

Brit motorists can cash in on the deal if they trade in their old cars and vans.

Until December 31, any diesels made between 1992 and 2010 are eligible for trade-in as long as you've owned the vehicle - regardless of brand - for longer than six months. "I would urge other manufacturers to consider how they can play a part in creating a cleaner example - particularly those with the worst real world emissions".

Vauxhall now offers a similar £2,000 scrappage scheme - extending it beyond its original June cut-off date - with cash off most of its range in return for ditching your old motor.

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