As diesel-powered cars come under more scrutiny than ever, Opel is taking a step to remove older cars off of European roads.
Autocar reports Opel is offering up to €7,000 ($8,256) towards the purchase of a new Opel vehicle when trading in a Euro 1 to Euro 4 diesel-powered car. The incentives start at €1,750 ($2,064) for the Opel Karl, and the €7,000 figure is applied to older Opel Insignias.
Unlike some other brands’ programs, the car must be scrapped and not resold.
The scrappage scheme comes at the same time Opel will reportedly begin retrofitting Euro 5 and Euro 6 compliant cars with new software to further reduce diesel emissions. BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Audi have all launched similar efforts to reduce emissions associated with diesel-powered cars.
In Europe, governments have begun to crack down on diesel fuel. The Netherlands and Norway plan to ban fossil-fuel vehicle sales by 2025, while France and the United Kingdom announced similar bans to take effect in 2040.