March 12, 2010
New cars greener thanks to Government scrappage scheme
New cars got greener last year thanks to the Government’s “Cash for bangers” vehicle scrappage scheme, it has been announced today.
On average, new car emitted 5.2% less than the average car in 2008 – while this might seem a small reduction, it is biggest reuction seen since records begun 1997.
These figure were released by the society of Motor Manufactures and Trader (SMMT) and Paul everitt said the scrappage scheme was key contributor to the lower emission figure last year.
Mr Everitt said: “Since figures were first recorded in 1997, average new car CO2 emissions have fallen from nearly 190g/km to less than 150g/km – a 21.2% improvement.
“The industry is well on its way to meeting EU regulatory targets of a 130g/km fleet average by 2015, but the current rate of improvement must be maintained.”
He added: “While economic factors may have contributed to 2009’s success, in the longer term slower fleet renewal and a reduced willingness to invest in new technology may undermine this progress.
“Building consumer awareness and delivering effective mechanisms to influence buying behaviour through a long-term environmental tax regime and the Government’s recently announced ultra-low carbon incentive scheme, will become increasingly important.”
The Mini sector had the lowest average emissions last year – dropping 6.7% to 115.6g/km. Luxury car models – which averaged 250.3g/km last year – were the worst pollutants, although emissions in this sector were down 6% on 2008.
March 8, 2010
Last orders for car scrappage scheme
The government has called time on its car scrappage scheme, as the offer of a £2,000 discount on new models enters its final phase.
After a successful run, the 400 million fund provided by the Government will stop at the end of March, with ministers making it clear that there won’t be any extensions.
The success of the scheme can be seen with 355,000 order for new cars and vans since the scheme was started.
Commenting on the successful scheme, Business secretary Lord Mandelson said: “This is last orders for the scrappage scheme. Car owners need to move quickly to avoid disappointment if they want to buy a new car at a discount.
“Industry figures have shown again and again the benefits the that the scrappage scheme is continuing to deliver to the automotive sector and beyond. It is great news that in January scrappage helped the industry to achieve its biggest output gain since May 1976.”
A total of 37 firms have signed up to take part in the final phase of the scrappage scheme and will give an allocation of remaining potential orders based on consumer demand.
The £2,000 grant for trading in an old model for a new car is maxe up of 31,000 from Government, with matched funding from vehicle manufacturers.
If you are going to utilise the scrappage scheme you might need to look at our Immediate delivery section to find what car can be delivered within the next month.