I don’t think it took a genius to work out that it would be the manufacturers of small, cheap and economical cars that would be the big winners in the Scrappage Wars. After all, if you’re going to get a £2,000 discount on a new car, £2k is a huge chunk of a £7k car, but hardly touches the sides if you’re looking for a new DB9.
So it’s no big surprise to see that top of the league table in the UK for cars bought under the Scrappage Scheme is Hyundai. And it is probably a fair result. Hyundais have come on in leaps and bounds over the years and now offer a creditable, Euro-Style option to many of the mainstream offerings from established firms like Ford and VW, something we discovered for ourselves when we did a review of the Hyundai i20 recently.
As we reported recently, the Scrappage Scheme has yielded 60,000 new car order in the UK since it came in to being, and despite headlines about people getting Nissan GT-Rs with the Scrappage allowance, it has been more prosaic metal that has benefited the most, even if some of the Scrappage Trade-ins have been surprising. But the top five in the Scrappage Wars makes interesting reading:
- Hyundai 8,246
- Ford 7,800
- Toyota 7,800
- Kia 7,300
- Volkswagen 4,591
Which is a bit of a turn-up for Hyundai – and vindicates their decision to push Scrappage deals more aggresively than most car makers – and will probably put the Hyundai i10 (which only cost around £5k with the Scrappage allownace) in the best seller list for June.