Defra, the government department responsible for the environment, food and rural affairs, is replacing a significant proportion of its diesel company car fleet with British-built Toyota Auris hybrid electric models. The changeover, expected to cover more than 400 vehicles, is already under way and will continue throughout 2018 in a rolling replacement process. The cars will be used by four Defra organisations: Environment Agency, Marine Management Organisation, Rural Payments Agency and Animal and Plant Health Agency.
Renault has strengthened its crossover line-up with the addition of a new Kadjar special edition. The Kadjar Dynamique SE Nav provides a range of additional specification enhancing its exterior look and driving aids, with diesels priced from £25,520 for the Dynamique SE Nav dCi 110. The Kadjar Dynamique SE Nav is available to order now with UK deliveries commencing later this month.
Kia Motors (UK) Limited is up-grading and extending its service plans for owners. Since 16 April 2018 the newly launched ‘Kia Care’ service plans – replacing the Care-3 service plans launched seven years ago – have been available across all of its dealerships. Re-named ‘Kia Care’ they have been developed to provide customers with a wide range of service plan options for any Kia model within the first seven years of the vehicles life – matching its industry-leading seven-year warranty.
Ford has unveiled an all-new Focus, which is now on sale for September delivery. The company says all main models will offer enhanced specification while being priced more competitively or at carry-over levels. The new Focus range will comprise seven variants from launch. Starting with Style, the range progresses through Zetec, ST-Line, ST-Line X, Titanium, Titanium X and Vignale.
Audi says the Avant model will return to the A6 range this month. The new Audi A6 Avant not only integrates a 1,680-litre maximum luggage capacity but also takes on board standard mild hybrid drive, new technology including the fully digital MMI touch response operating system and a broad spread of driver assistance options.
Vauxhall has introduced the top-of-the-line Ultimate trim to not only the Grandland X but also to the Astra Hatch. The Vauxhall Grandland X Ultimate has been teamed with the new 2.0 litre diesel engine that is supported by an eight-speed automatic gearbox. The new diesel engine delivers 175 bhp at 3,750rpm and 295 ft lb of torque at 2,000rpm.
Skoda is adding a new SportLine Plus model and a raft of extra equipment for the Superb. Diesel versions of the new SportLine Plus model are priced from £30,290. Combining the design package of the standard SportLine model with additional…
The two newest members of Volkswagen’s growing SUV line-up – the T-Roc compact SUV and practical Tiguan Allspace seven-seat SUV – are now available to order in R-Line trim. The new range-topping trim level – offered across a selection of engine and gearbox combinations in both model ranges – adds distinctive sports styling inside and out along with equipment upgrades and enhancements commensurate with the top spec’ positioning of the R-Line trim.
To respond to the challenges of the energy transition and to build an efficient and coherent offering of electric mobility solutions, PSA Group has this month created a Business Unit (BU) dedicated to electric vehicles. PSA says the new BU will have a global scope and will leverage all factors necessary to deliver models that meet customer expectations, in line with the highest service standards. The BU will be responsible for defining and deploying the Group’s electric vehicle strategy and rolling out the related products and services.