VW in­cen­tives for trad­ing in ‘dirty’ cars

New Straits Times - - Business -

FRANK­FURT: Volk­swa­gen AG’s (VW) name­sake brand and its up­scale sis­ter mar­que Audi are of­fer­ing as much as €10,000 (RM50,600) per car in in­cen­tives in Ger­many to trade in older diesel mod­els for new ones that spew out fewer emis­sions as po­lit­i­cal pres­sure to fight pol­lu­tion in­ten­si­fies ahead of gen­eral elec­tions.

The in­cen­tives de­pended on which model is pur­chased and the of­fer was open for own­ers of cars from ri­val man­u­fac­tur­ers, said VW and Audi in emailed state­ments yes­ter­day.

VW’s in­cen­tives start at €2,000 for the pur­chase of a new Up! city car and reach €10,000 for a Touareg sport util­ity ve­hi­cle.

The Wolfs­burg, Ger­many­based car­maker is still strug­gling to draw a line un­der the diese­le­mis­sions scan­dal that erupted al­most two years ago and trig­gered the world­wide re­call of some 11 mil­lion cars with rigged soft­ware.

VW chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Matthias Mueller last week con­firmed it was of­fer­ing soft­ware fixes for as many as four mil­lion diesel cars in Ger­many across all of the group’s name­plates, in­clud­ing about 2.5 mil­lion VWbrand cars that were part of a manda­tory re­call.

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