The scheme includes vans, as well as cars, and is part of the manufacturer’s bid to boost air quality and encourage use of lower emission vehicles.
Applicable to any pre-Euro 5 vehicle, registered on or before 31 December 2009, the scheme offers a scrappage incentive of between £2,000 and £7,000 on a variety of Ford models, including the Transit Custom, the best-selling light commercial vehicle.
The scheme will run to the end of this year and is effective for registrations from 1 September to 31 December 2017.
Andy Barratt, chairman and MD of Ford of Britain, says: “Removing generations of the most polluting vehicles will have the most immediate positive effect on air quality, and this Ford scrappage scheme aims to do just that.
“We don’t believe incentivising sales of new cars goes far enough and we will ensure that all trade-in vehicles are scrapped. Acting together we can take hundreds of thousands of the dirtiest cars off our roads and out of our cities.”
The company also says a plug-in hybrid version of the Ford Transit Custom (pictured) will start trials later this year. The Transit PHEV is planned for commercial introduction in 2019 and is part of Ford’s investment of $4.5 billion in electrified vehicles by 2020, which also includes a fully electric, long-range SUV.