Ford has modified its 'scrappage scheme' as it extends it into the first quarter of 2018. After an outcry over the fate of a Standard car traded in earlier (it was saved after classic car fans' pleas all the way to the top at Ford UK), the automaker said, from 2018, vehicles which are classified as 'historic vehicles' by the DVLA would not automatically be scrapped.

According to the official November sales figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), Ford was the UK market leader in total vehicle, car and CV sales.

The scrappage scheme, which includes cars and CVs, as well as being extended into 2018, will not include the Ranger truck line as well as the most popular new Fiesta, Focus and Transit CV models.

Andy Barratt, Ford of Britain chairman and managing director, said: "The scrappage scheme has been so well received by our customers and I'm pleased to announce its extension in to next year.

"We continue to carry strong sales momentum as we move towards the end of the year. Our CV sales growth was particularly positive in an increasingly challenging market. It's also rewarding to see the [redesigned] Fiesta strengthening its leadership position as we continue the launch of the full model range, with Active and ST still to come to complete the line."

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