BMW and MINI offer owners of pre-2005 vehicles scrappage incentive 0

BMW and MINI have offered owners of their pre-2005 diesels a discount of up to £1,700 as part of a new ‘scrappage scheme’ incentive introduced throughout the EU.
The “fleet renewal campaign” is targeted at owners of cars that fall at the Euro 4 emissions standard or below. The majority of diesels built before January 2005 fall into this category, and BMW and MINI have made all pre-2005 editions eligible.
Owners can use the £1,700 discount in addition to other discounts, depending on the model purchased. The new, replacement vehicle must fall into line with Euro 6 standards with CO2 emissions of 130g/km or lower and can also be put towards electric cars like the i3, or any other plug-in hybrid made by the two companies.
Harald Krüger, BMW’s Board Chairman, said: “For almost two years now, diesel technology which is cutting-edge, highly efficient and popular with customers has been deliberately and publicly discredited. This has caused tremendous uncertainty among millions of drivers and it’s not going to get us anywhere”.
With regards to particulate, hydrocarbon and carbon monoxide emissions, BMW have stated that they consider modern diesels to be just as efficient, if not more so than petrol cars. When addressing the highly contentious subject, BMW said that the issue had been “resolved” and that diesels “no longer have any adverse effect on air quality”.
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