Volkswagen Group diesels with emissions falling into the Euro 1 to Euro 4 categories can be traded in for Euro 6 models
The announcement follows a meeting between German government officials and the country’s car industry. It is reported that BMW, Daimler and Opel were also involved in the talks, although there is no announcement of similar schemes from Daimler or Opel.
Drivers will be able to claim €2000-€10,000 (between £1800 and £9000) off the price of a new Volkswagen, depending on the model. The €2000 incentive is offered for the Up, while the maximum €10,000 is exclusively for the Touareg.
In addition, environmental incentives of €1000, €1785 and €2380 are being offered for natural gas, hybrid and electric powertrains respectively, meaning a Volkswagen Passat GTE can combine these discounts to €9785, while the e-Golf can be purchased with a €7380 discount.
Audi has launched a parallel scheme in Germany, offering discounts of €3000-€10,000 on its models, depending on their position in the Audi line-up. In exchange for the discount, the traded-in car will be scrapped, accelerating the switchover to more efficient cars, claims Audi.