Van brands rush to offer scrappage schemes

Date: Wednesday, September 06, 2017   |   Author: Daniel Puddicombe

Fiat, Renault, Toyota and Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles are the latest brands to offer scrappage schemes to incentivise van owners to buy new vehicles.

The schemes, launched earlier this month, cover Euro 4 and older vehicles registered before 31 December 2009. According to the brands, the programmes will last until the end of this year, aside from Fiat’s programme which runs until the end of the month.

The launch of the schemes follow on from Ford announcing that customers could save up to £7,000 off the cost of a new van through its £2,000 scrappage scheme plus other offers.

A spokesman for Vauxhall – which currently runs a programme for cars – told What Van? there are no plans for the brand to launch a van-specific scheme, while Mercedes does not have a van programme in place at present.

Fiat claimed customers could save up to £13,500 from the price of a new LCV. It is offering up to £5,000 off a Fulback, up to £6,500 off a Fiorino, up to £8,500 off a Doblo, £10,500 off a Talento and £13,500 off the cost of a Ducato.

“There has never been a better time to buy a new Fiat Professional van,” said Richard Chamberlain, country manager of Fiat Professional. “I am delighted to announce that Fiat Professional is launching its own scrappage scheme, making new vans even more affordable. And with a possible £13,500 to gain, and no restriction on the trade-in vehicle, I am sure many customers will find this initiative exciting and useful.”

According to Renault, customers can save up to £3,000 off the cost of a new Kangoo van, £5,000 off the price of the Trafic and £7,000 off the Master van.

However, zero emission vehicles are omitted from the scheme.

Toyota is offering £2,000 off the price of the Hilux and 2017 What Van LCV of the Year, the Proace.

In terms of VW, the California, Transport Sportline and Amarok models are excluded from the scheme, while those trading in a EU4 vehicle can get £1,000 off the cost of a new Caddy and £2,000 discounts on the Transporter, Caravelle, and Crafter vehicles.



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