The Volvo XC40 Recharge Pure Electric is available to order amid surging interest in battery-powered cars in the UK.
It’s the first of five electric Volvo cars to be launched from early next year and capable of more than 249 miles on a single charge, versus average UK daily drive distance of 30 miles with fast-charging potential to 80% of capacity in 40 minutes.
Kia Motors has announced a significant upgrade to the fourth-generation Kia Rio.
The upgraded Rio pairs an updated exterior and interior design with ‘big car’ safety and infotainment technologies. The new model also offers drivers new efficient powertrains – including Kia’s first petrol 48V mild-hybrid system, equipped with one of the first applications of the company’s new ‘clutch-by-wire’ intelligent manual transmission.
As car dealers prepare to reopen on 1 June in England, DesperateSeller.co.uk has reported a 73% increase in haggling for the first three weeks of May compared to last year.
Rod Joseph, director at DesperateSeller.co.uk, said, “The positive news is that thousands of customers are ready to buy at close to the asking price. From the dealers’ side, while they need to hold their line on pricing, they are keen to get back to business and move on ageing stock. With a little bit of haggling there are plenty of great deals to be done.”
Nissan Sunderland plant looks to be safe and destined to make SUVs in a radical overhaul of the Japanese business as it faces coming out of lockdown and the CV19 pandemic.
Nissan plans to shrink operations by a fifth, shut plants in Spain and Indonesia, leave the South Korean market and pull its Datsun brand from Russia as it develops with partners Renault and Mitsubishi Motors.
The National Association of Motor Auctions (NAMA) has reported buoyant results from members currently holding online auctions across all sectors including cars, motorcycles, LCV’s, LGV’s and plant.
Online auctions are permitted under current government legislation and the events have attracted strong interest from trade customers, with numbers participating in bidding online increasing daily.
Motorists are being urged to ‘Get Road Ready’ after Halfords research revealed millions are risking a blowout by driving with underinflated tyres following weeks of not using their cars.
A survey of 2,000 motorists found just four in 10 can correctly identify the low tyre pressure warning light when it pops up on the dashboard and half 50 have encountered the warning light have ignored it – despite underinflated tyres placing excess pressure on the edges of the tyre, causing them to wear more rapidly.
A 50% discount for car dealers offered by AA Cars, the AA’s used car website, has been extended into a third month as England’s dealerships prepare to reopen in June.
AA Cars introduced its 50% discount in April as the Coronavirus crisis forced forecourts to close for the lockdown, and it has now confirmed the offer will continue throughout June for dealerships across the UK.