VW offers incentives to trade in dirty diesel cars

Paterniano Del Favero
Agosto 9, 2017

BMW, Daimler, and Volkswagen have all agreed to take part in the program, with plans to recall and update the powertrain software of some 5 million Euro 5 and Euro 6 diesel vehicles in Germany in an effort to reduce nitrogen oxide emissions.

Volkswagen AG's namesake brand and its upscale sister marque Audi are offering as much as 10,000 euros (US$11,800) per auto in incentives in Germany to trade in older diesel models for new ones that spew out fewer emissions as political pressure to fight pollution intensifies ahead of general elections.

If a customer purchases a new Volkswagen at the same time as scrapping an old diesel vehicle of any brand to exhaust emissions standard Euro 4 or older, Volkswagen is offering an incentive of up to 10,000 euros, depending on the model purchased. In addition, Volkswagen is offering a future incentive to German customers purchasing an electric vehicle.

Those, who will buy a Volkswagen Polo, will get a 3,000-euro discount, and individuals who will purchase a Volkswagen Golf will get a 5,000-euro discount while those, who will but a new Volkswagen Touareg - a 10,000-euro discount, the Bild media outlet reported.

"Volkswagen is convinced that clean and efficient diesel engines with modern emission-reduction systems are an indispensable engine technology to reach Carbon dioxide emissions targets", while the manufacturer will still "strongly support" the shift to electric cars, Juergen Stackmann, head of the VW grand, said in the division's statement. The special action is now valid throughout Europe and runs until 31 December 2017.

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