Ford launches commercial vehicle scrappage programme for London drivers
The programme is intended to help drivers get into cleaner, greener commercial vehicles and will apply to the Ford Fiesta Van, Ford Transit Connect and the Ford Transit.
This follows the announcement by the Mayor of London that he is joining major vehicle manufacturers to deliver financial support for van and minibus drivers affected by the tighter standards that will be applied to the London Low Emission Zone (LEZ) from 3 January 2012.
Mayor of London Boris Johnson said: 'I am delighted that Ford is being so supportive with its commercial vehicle scrappage scheme, allowing Londoners to trade up their vehicles to new, cleaner models. It is particularly pleasing that vans running on engines made locally in the capital are part of this package. Ford's commitment as market leader is a fantastic contribution to my goal of a less polluted London with a great quality of life.'
The LEZ initiative was introduced in 2008 to encourage the most polluting vehicle drivers in the capital to become cleaner. When the LEZ standards become more stringent from January, an additional 72,000 larger vans and minibuses will have to meet the lower emissions requirements designed to tackle pollution in the capital.
The Ford commercial vehicle scheme provides the following discounts in addition to the current retail customer savings on offer:
• Fiesta Van – £1,000
• Transit Connect – £1,500
• Transit (Front-wheel drive) – £2,000
• Transit V348 (Rear-wheel drive) – £3,000
Ford of Britain commercial vehicle director, Steve Clary said: 'Ford is pleased that, together with the Ford dealer network, it can offer van customers operating in the London area up to £3,000 discount on our latest, low-CO2 commercial vehicles. Ford is acting in advance of the new LEZ measures to ease the transition from older vans into new commercial vehicles.'