The new Mercedes-Benz E-Class Saloon is now available to order in the UK, priced from £35,935 OTR, ahead of first deliveries in May.
Two trim levels are available, SE and AMG Line, and two engines, the E 220 d and E 350 d with the E 220 d SE, priced from £35,935, with the E 220 d AMG Line from £38,430 while the E 350 d SE starts at £44,930, and the E 350 d AMG Line at £47,425.
Renault is the best performing brand in Europe in electric vehicles sales, with a market share of 23.6 per cent (or 25.2 per cent including Twizy) and 23,086 units registered in 2015 up 49 per cent on 2014.
One out of five electric cars sold in Europe was a Renault Z.E. vehicle in 2015 and the European all-electric vehicle market stands at 97,687 units, up 47.8 per cent compared to 2014 but it’s still just 0.61 per cent market share.
Belgian TV claimed in a programme last week that local dealers have been modifying Zafira engines without customers’ knowledge during routine visits and to reduce the NOx emissions.
Emissions were cut by 300% but it’s not clear from the garages if this was a retro-modification approved by Opel and came about through a software update to settings.
Rally legend Paddy Hopkirk has been appointed Mature Driver Ambassador by UK’s leading independent road safety charity, the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) and will be championing the cause of the older driver for the organisation in the future.
Paddy, now 82, won the Monte Carlo Rally in 1964 in a Mini Cooper, and he and his co-driver Henry Liddon remain the only all-UK crew to win the iconic event.