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BMW to launch diesel scrappage scheme with £1700 discounts to upgrade dirtier dervs

CAR logo CAR 03/08/2017 CARMagazine
BMW to launch diesel scrappage scheme with £1700 discounts to upgrade dirtier dervs © Bauer Media 2017 BMW to launch diesel scrappage scheme with £1700 discounts to upgrade dirtier dervs

► BMW announces diesel scrappage scheme

► £1700 incentives to trade in older cars

► Must go towards i3, PHEV or low-CO2 car

In a surprise twist to the ongoing environmental debate reshaping Europe's car industry, BMW has announced its own diesel scrappage scheme to incentivise the take-up of low CO2 models.

Owners of EU4 or earlier oil-burning cars - not just BMWs - will be eligible for extra discounts 'of up to €2000' when trading up to a newer model. BMW UK has confirmed it will be running the scheme, with up to £1700 off.

How BMW's scrappage scheme will work

As ever with a scheme like this, there's a lot of small print. And some of it is still being worked out by the UK distributor.

The 'environmental bonus' of up to £1700 will vary depending on the model being bought and the car being traded in, and is at the salesman's discretion. The scheme is set to run until 31 December 2017, although BMW admits it could be extended.

It will be open to anyone trading up to a new BMW or Mini - but there are caveats. The model you're buying must be a:

  • An i3 electric car or range-extender (above)
  • A plug-in hybrid model such as the 330e
  • Any EU6 model with CO2 under 130g/km

You can't sadly use the scrappage scheme to trade up to a BMW M3, say. This is all about pushing the clean-fuel alternatives.

BMW is anticipating customer confusion over whether their car is EU4 or not and is planning to promote online calculators. BMW sold EU4 diesels up to 2010.

When does BMW's trade-in scheme launch?

Soon. 'Certainly before the end of August 2017,' pledges BMW. If you're thinking of upgrading your car, now could be a good time. The deal is in addition to any government incentives promoting the take-up of clean-fuel cars, such as the plug-in car grant.

A BMW spokesman told CAR: 'If you look around the world at countries like Norway where electrification has really taken off, the change has been driven by incentives. We have the widest range of plug-in cars on the market and this will help to draw in new customers to BMW.'

Munich is expecting to exceed 100,000 sales of electrified cars in 2017 for the first time.

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