After its big diesel emissions scandal, Volkswagen is on a mission to well and truly restore its reputation. Which is why in Germany it’s announced another round of incentives for owners of old cars.
Since 1992 the EU has set emissions targets that all new cars must meet. The Euro 1 standards came into force in July 1992, Euro 2 in 1996 and so-on. You’re eligible for these new “environmental incentives”—worth between €1,500 (P93,000) and €8,000 (P500,000) toward the purchase of a new VW—if you trade in a diesel car that doesn’t conform to Euro 5 or today’s Euro 6 standards.
If you live in or around one of Germany’s 14 most-polluting cities (where bans on diesels are most likely to come into effect) and own a car that doesn’t meet the Euro 6 standard, you’re also eligible for an “exchange premium”. These are sums of between €500 P31,000) and €7,000 (P433,000) paid on top of your car’s residual value.