Hybrids with Low Depreciation
Automotive data experts Hpi have analyse used sales figures to create a list of the best hybrid vehicles when it comes to depreciation. The analysis looked at hybrid and plug-in hybrid vehicles at one year old and 10,000 miles on the clock.
The Toyota C-HR retains 84.5% of its value after a year, losing around £4,000. The Lexus NX comes a close second, holding 79.5% of its value over the same period. "While hybrids have grown in volume in recent years," said Chris Plumb, Editor from Hpi, "they still remain relatively scarce in the used market compared to the traditional fuel types." He went on to warn that buyers should avoid high mileage and poor condition examples as they are a turn-off to second hand buyers.
The Toyota Prius, Suzuki Ignis, Toyota Rav4, Kia Niro and Hyundai Ioniq also make the list with industry-leading levels of low depreciation. But as Chris pointed out, "always make sure you pick a vehicle with a full-service history."
BMW Extends Use of Kumho Tyres
BMW has chosen to make the Kumho Crugen HP91 the standard fit on the latest generation of its popular X3 model. Kumho tyres are already fitted to examples of BMW's 1, 2 and 3 Series cars and the Munich-based motor manufacturer has now decided the HP91 is the right product for its mid-size SUV.
The Kumho Tire Company, founded in 1960, is based in Seoul, South Korea. With over 10,000 employees, it sells over 60 million tyres worldwide each year. The company primarily develops, manufactures and markets tyres for passenger cars, vans and trucks. It operates production facilities in Korea, China, Vietnam and the USA, and maintains research and development centres in Korea, China, Europe and North America.
The Kumho Crugen HP91 has the latest generation silica tread compound to ensure excellent handling in both wet and dry conditions. The tyre impressed testers with its good traction on sand and mud, as well as its excellent balance on wet surfaces.
All Aboard at the Ace Cafe
An Optare Metrodecker EV bus has taken a break from trials with Go-Ahead London to join an electric vehicle gathering at the famous Ace Cafe. The meeting was the first of its kind.
The Ace Cafe maybe famous for many things, but to be welcoming a bus to one of its well-known meets, and an electric one at that, is certainly something new. The meeting for pure electric vehicle owners, which also included passenger cars and motorbikes, formed part of the cafe's 80th anniversary celebrations.
Graham Johnson, Go-Ahead London, New Cross, General Manager said: "As one of the major bus operators in London we are committed to finding solutions to reduce air pollution. We are currently monitoring how the Optare Metrodecker EV responds to London traffic." He went on to say that it is being trialled on route 36, one of the busiest routes in London, an excellent testing ground for this kind of vehicle.
Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Welcomes Minister
The Rt Hon Nick Gibb, Minister for School Standards recently visited Rolls-Royce's Headquarters and Manufacturing Plant to meet up with current apprentices from the leather, wood, paint, engineering and assembly roles.
It was during National Apprenticeship Week where he was able to hear at first-hand the knowledge and skills they have gained since joining the scheme. He said, "It was a pleasure to meet the Rolls-Royce apprentices. Their commitment and developing expertise was very clear from the way they each described their particular contribution to the creative and manufacturing process."
Mr Gibb's visit follows the manufacturer's recent announcement that it is recruiting a record number of places for its 2018 Apprenticeship Programme. This year, 24 candidates will have the opportunity to join the team at Rolls-Royce Motor Cars.
LCVs Selling Well
According to the official Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders or SMMT figures, the UK's new light commercial vehicle (LCV) market saw a rise of 6.4% in February 2018. There were 844 more vans and pickups that arrived on the British roads in February 2018 compared with the same month last year. In fact, it was the best February performance in a decade.
The Ford Transit Custom led the way with 2,064 vans sold, and the Transit was second with 1,831. Overall, medium vans weighing 2.0-2.5 tonnes and pick-ups saw double-digit increases, rising 19.9% and 14.2% respectively. Demand for large vans weighing 2.5-3.5 tonnes also increased by 2.5%.
When it comes to car derived vans weighing less than 2.0 tonnes, the story was a little different, with that being the only segment to decline, falling -2.4%. Meanwhile, year-to-date figures showed February's rise in demand balanced January's decline with only 44 less vehicles driven off forecourts this year compared to last.