Renault is forecasting a difficult year ahead as European scrappage incentive schemes end.

The French automaker’s chief operating officer Patrick Pelata has estimated the market will be down 10% in what he describes will be a “tough” year.”

A Renault UK spokesman highlighted the imminent end of many of the scrappage schemes across the continent.

“The forecast market is down 10% this year and it is in line with our expectations,” he said.

“We think it will be a tough year. In the UK we have promotions and various cars have savings that surpass the scrappage scheme.”

Despite the temporary boost given to many countries’ car production through the schemes, several countries are due to end such incentives.

The German auto industy body, VDA, estimates the coming months will see a significant weakening in demand as the scrappage schemes expire.