Kia Comments On The Scrappage Scheme

Kia Picanto

Kia Picanto

Paul Philpott, Managing Director of Kia Motors (UK) Ltd., gave a "Good, but could do better" verdict on the Chancellor of the Exchequer's announcement of a UK scrappage incentive programme.

"Kia welcomes the Government's positive response to the difficult times facing the new car market but I am personally disappointed that our Chancellors is only going half-way compared to other European governments," commented Philpott.

"I am pleased for consumers and for our dealers that the Chancellor has taken positive action and that he is introducing this scheme rapidly. The devil will be in the detail and I am sure the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders will be looking for early meetings with the Treasury to discuss this.

"The reality is that the Government is shifting a large part of the cost of this programme onto the shoulders of the manufacturers, when it is the manufacturers who are working hard night and day to deal with the effects of the economic turmoil and recession around the world," he added.

Until full details of the programme have been revealed it will be impossible to say exactly what the scheme will mean for motorists scrapping a ten year old car to buy a brand new Kia - but a 1.0 Picanto could be on the road for £4,195.

Published 23 April 2009 Staff

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