Vauxhall brings in van swappage scheme

From January 2012, drivers will be charged for entering a new London Low Emissions Zone (LEZ) if they are driving a vehicle that is ten years or older.

In response, Vauxhall has introduced savings of up to £7,500 on its van range from now until the end of December 2011.

The Vauxhall swappage scheme is available for all vans seven years or older and aims vans which don’t meet the eco-criteria with those that do.

The offers include £3,000 off the list price of a Vauxhall Corsavan and £4,000 deducted from a Vauxhall Astravan and Vauxhall Combo van.

The brand’s two largest vans, the Luton-built Vivaro and Vauxhall Movano, will be offered with discounts of £5,500 and £7,500 respectively.

The offers are available for Vauxhall’s full van range, including the traditional panel vans, chassis cabs and, in the case of the Vauxhall Vivaro Combi, nine-seat minibuses.

Vauxhall says it will offer eco models from each model in its range for the scheme – the only van maker in the UK to do so. This means ECOflex models with efficient diesel engines will be available under the scheme.

The LEZ is the brainchild of Mayor of London Boris Johnson. On launching the scheme, he said: “I want to make the air cleaner and greener in this great city with the minimum of financial impact for those who need to upgrade their vehicles.

“I’ve already given extra breathing space during the depths of the recession before these standards are introduced and I am pleased that a number of manufacturers are now offering new discounts to aid us in our efforts.”