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23 August 2017, 01:00 | Melanie Burgess
Ford plans to roll out its own scrappage scheme to boost air quality | Credit Marcin Mincer
Its auto and van scrappage scheme will tempt customers with at least £2,000 and up to £7,000 to swap their old vehicle for a new Ford.
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The auto giant is seeking to improve air quality levels in the United Kingdom, but has moved beyond incentivising new vehicle purchases by offering drivers discounts to trade in older models registered before December 2009.
At the lower end, drivers will receive £2,000 off a Ford Fiesta while at the top end those who trade in their vehicle and purchase a Transit van, will get a £7,000 discount.
"It's a good time for the industry to respond", said Andy Barratt, chairman and managing director of Ford Britain, in a phone interview.
"We don't believe incentivising sales of new cars goes far enough and we will ensure that all trade-in vehicles are scrapped".
Ford said scrappage schemes could take hundreds of thousands of the dirtiest vehicles off the roads, to replace them with models using the latest Euro VI standard engines emitting 80 per cent to 90 per cent less NOx (the generic term for polluting notrogen oxides) and particulates.
"Ford shares society's concerns over air quality".
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The vehicle giant said combining the incentive with other standard offers could give customers £4,000 off a auto and £7,000 off the cost of a van.
Replacing old petrol and diesel cars alone could save 15 million tons of Carbon dioxide annually, the company said. BMW's scheme is available for owners of vehicles that meet Euro 4 standards of less - essentially most cars registered before 2005.
Any vehicle that took to the road before December 2009 will be considered.
Green groups broadly welcome the latest move by Ford. New analysis released last week found that electric cars are now greener than even the most efficient petrol and diesel cars thanks to the deployment of renewables cutting the carbon intensity of the United Kingdom grid. "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".
Rival auto maker Vauxhall ran a similar scheme earlier this year.
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