19 October 2018

VW offers to clean up diesels in 14 cities

Volkswagen in Germany is offering a special incentive to owners of Euro-1 to Euro-5 diesel vehicles in 14 of the country's most air-polluted cities to scrap them, writes Brian Byrne.

The incentive is available across all of the VW Group's brands, including Audi, SEAT, Skoda, Volkswagen and Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, and are available for new vehicles and on a varying scale for nearly-new used vehicles.

Volkswagen’s first environmental incentive from August 2017 to June 2018 successfully demonstrated that systematic fleet renewal is a swift and efficient way of improving air quality.

Throughout the Group, over 210,000 old diesel vehicles were taken off the roads, scrapped and replaced by modern, cleaner models. In combination with the software updates for diesel vehicles, the company says nitrogen dioxide emissions have thus been reduced by over 10,000 tonnes per year.