Sunday 25 February 2018

2,000-plus check out the 'green' €2,000 car bonus

MINI John Cooper Works
MINI John Cooper Works
Eddie Cunningham

Eddie Cunningham

More than 2,000 people have already viewed special BMW and MINI websites to see if their old car could qualify for a special €2,000 'green bonus'.

With Mercedes also announcing an 'old' diesel deal, it remains to be seen if more mainstream brands will join the trend here.

It would be part of a perceived need by carmakers to be seen to play a bigger role in lowering the level of harmful NOx from diesel engines especially.

Ford in Ireland are not commenting even though the company in the UK has announced a scrappage deal on old cars there, while Volkswagen Ireland have said they were not aware of such a development for the Irish market as yet.

Under the BMW deal, owners of diesels of any make that only meet Euro 4 emissions standards or lower (from 2005/06) will be offered an 'environment bonus' of up to €2,000 when they trade in their vehicle and buy a new BMW or MINI.

The deal applies only where the replacement is either a new BMW i3 electric car, a plug-in hybrid, or a Euro 6-standard car that has CO2 emissions of 130g/km at most.

Mercedes also announced a €2,000 changeover bonus. It applies to owners of EU1 to EU4 diesels (1992/93-2005/06).

Buyers can trade in against a new diesel or plug-in hybrid.

Owners of EU1 to EU3 cars will receive "additional financial compensation for the disposal of their used vehicle" which has to be set against the purchase of a new car, Mercedes say.

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