A new drive to get older dirty diesels off the road has been welcomed by Swindon motor dealer Pebley Beach.

The Paddington Drive-based Hyundai dealership has welcomed the introduction of a scrappage scheme by the world’s fifth largest motor manufacturer.

Hyundai announced its scheme over the bank holiday weekend, following industry-wide frustration at a lack of action by the government, which had been expected to announce a scrappage scheme back in the Spring.

The Hyundai Scrappage and Emission Reduction Scheme could see drivers save up to £5,000 on the price of a new Hyundai.

And the Hyundai scheme has been recognised as one of the most generous offered by manufacturers. Drivers need only have owned their trade-in vehicle for 90 days – compared to the one-year qualifying period demanded by some marques – and older petrol cars are being included in the scheme too.

The Hyundai scrappage scheme is available to owners of Euro 1 to Euro 4 rated cars – of any make and model – registered before 31 December 2009.

Incentives range from between £1,500 and £1,545 towards a Hyundai i10; £2,000 to £2,110 for an i20; £2,000 for an ix20; £3,000 for an i40; £3,500 for a Tuscon; £4,000 for an i30; up to £5,000 for a Santa Fe.

The incentives even offer £2,000 off the cost of the sought-after IONIQ hybrid.

Dominic Threlfall, managing director of Pebley Beach, said: “Hyundai has pledged to take older, less efficient cars off the road while making a new Hyundai even more affordable.

“The latest Euro 6 rated diesel engines are much cleaner and more efficient than the diesel engines that came before them.

“This scheme allows owners of older diesel and petrol vehicles to make significant savings on the cost of a new Hyundai, and a range of finance offers are available to eligible customers.”

The scrappage scheme will run until December 31 this year.

Meanwhile, the future of cleaner driving is assured at Pebley Beach. Last week the company demonstrated two innovative hydrogen-powered ix35 models at a Hydrogen Hub event at Lydiard Park.

A new, as-yet unnamed hydrogen-powered from Hyundai – one of the earliest adopters of hydrogen technology is expected next year.


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