Volkswagen Group exchanges more than 300,000 old diesels

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The Volkswagen Group has revealed that since August 2017 it has exchanged over 300,000 old diesel vehicles as part of its exchange incentives.

The old vehicles, which offer exhaust emissions standards between Euro 1 and Euro 5, have been replaced by new or nearly new cars from the participating Group brands with efficient powertrains that offer Euro 6 exhaust emission standards.

Dr Christian Dahlheim, head of VW Group sales, said, “The exchange incentives have significantly exceeded our expectations. We have kept our promises to politicians and made a key contribution to the renewal of the fleet and to a rapid improvement in air quality in German cities.

“Our customers have recently increasingly opted for used cars, which is why we are extending the relevant incentives until further notice for VW and Audi. The incentives for new cars will expire at the end of April, as already announced.”

The exchange incentives of the participating Group brands are granted throughout Germany in addition to the part exchange value of the used car if a Euro 4 or Euro 5 diesel vehicle from any manufacturer is traded in. The environmental incentives apply throughout Germany if a Euro 1 to Euro 4 diesel vehicle of any manufacturer is scrapped.

The OEM has also announced that the incentives for nearly new cars will be extended beyond April until further notice throughout Germany for Volkswagen Passenger Cars and Audi. The incentives for new cars expire at the end of April for all brands.

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