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Korean manufacturers and small car makes win from UK scrappage scheme

Kia PicantoKorean car manufacturers Hyundai and Kia have experienced the biggest increases as a result of scrappage sales – 15.7% and 9.4% respectively – much higher than their usual market shares.  Orders for Hyundai cars are well over 17,000, substantially higher than other rivals including quite a few big names.  Both Kia and Hyundai offer two of the cheapest cars available under the scheme, with a brand new Hyundai i10 now cost only £4995 whilst the biggest seller of the scrappage scheme, is the Kia Picanto available for £4,495 after the £2,000 discount.

Small cars triumph

The majority of sales under the scrappage scheme are of small super minis and smaller family cars.  In order these are:

  • Hyundai i10
  • Ford Fiesta
  • Toyota Yaris
  • Renault Clio
  • Vauxhall Corsa
  • Nissan Mirca
  • Honda Jazz
  • Suzuki Alto
  • Peugeot 107

Winners under scrappage include the following manufacturers:

  • Hyundai has receives over 17,000 scrappage orders, the highest so far with highest sales of the i10, i20 and i30
  • Kia is second with 16,032 sales of its smaller cars like the Picanto, Rio and ceed.
  • Ford figures so far are 14,615 orders with Fiesta’s and Ka’s both strong sellers.
  • Vauxhall reports 10,152 sales to date including many Corsa’s.
  • Volkswagen have sold 9,091 cars, over 4,000 Golf’s.
  • Suzuki has taken over 4,900 scrappage orders with 3,000 having been delivered to customers, including many of its Alto model.
  • Nissan has created more jobs at its UK Sunderland plant to meet demand with increased sales of its Micra, Qashqai and Note.

It’s not over yet and there are many deals to be had

The 10 year age limit specified by the government for traded in vehicles is no longer a strict barrier to entry.  Nissan and Mitsubishi all offer flexibility allowing the scrappage of cars of eight years and five years old respectively on certain models including the Micra, Note and Colt.  High discounts are also available from some manufacturers including Citroen, offering up to £3,000 off specific vehicles and this doesn’t take into account bargains available in local dealerships.  So the underlining message is that the scrappage scheme has been a success so far for many car makes and buyers will need to move fast to take advantage of it.

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