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Citreon, Renault and Kia jump the gun on UK scrappage announcements

Ahead of Wednesday’s budget announcement, car manufacturers in the UK are making or considering launching their own discount or incentive schemes. The plans to offer consumers up to £2,000 towards the purchase of new vehicles or £5,000 on electric cars are an initiative to keep car industry workers in jobs by boosting sales in the flagging car market. The move could also be seen as a cheaper alternative to handing out millions of pounds to all the big car manufacturers who employ UK workers.

Rather than waiting for the budget announcement by the chancellor on the 22nd, Citroen have launched their own scrappage scheme in partnership with the Authorised Treatment Facilities (ATF) vehicle recycling network, CarTakeBack. The offer applies to all new vehicles excluding C1, C2, C3, C3 Pluriel, C3 Picasso and Berlingo First Multispace models.

Similarly Renault have increased production of their Twingo small car in response to the German scrappage incentive that encourages the trade in of older vehicles for more economical new ones. However, only Renault Ireland have made a public announcement via their website. In Germany, there were 157,000 applicants for the scheme and have now extended its terms to allow more consumers to take advantage of it.

An announcement is also due shortly from Korean manufacturer Kia on their own scrappage scheme to encourage the sale of newer, fuel efficient “green cars”, and those interested are able to register their interest and receive the latest news via their E-Newsletter. Under the proposed government scheme, fuel efficient versions of the Picanto and Rio ranges would qualify.

Under the proposed scheme for car scrappage in the UK, vehicles would have to be at least 10 years old and be traded in for vehicles that have CO2 emissions of 120g/km or less. Assuming an average mileage of 15,000km per year, this would save the release of 1.6 tonnes per year per car, a total of 8.3 tonnes per car over the five years that the scrapped vehicle may have continued to be used, according to WhatGreenCar.

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