2019 sees more new electric models being launched , but sales are still low , in a recent poll buyers were asked to rate their understanding of the technology , they rated their initial knowledge as 2.7 out of 5 rising to 3.4 after a 10 day period but this fell back by a point after 3 weeks, which give rise to concern about conflicting information.
Further research found cost was a huge factor in the lack of sales followed by concerns over the lack of flexibility afforded by petrol or diesel options.
Thanks in a large part to China where Aston Martin’s client base is 50% female together with the emerging Saudi market who have now lifted restrictions on women drivers , the company is seeing an up turn in its sales to women.
The company is keen to expand this market but are keen to state “There will be no pinking and shrinking” and have set up a female advisory board on how to approach this client base from design to advertising , whist not disturbing their current client base being mainly male.
There is a warning from the DVLA , make sure you pay your road tax and they are targeting areas such as London Northern Ireland, Manchester and Glasgow with the warning of fines or losing their car.
Driving without the correct tax can be punished by a maximum fine in the sum of £1000 they can also clamp and impounded , the release fee from a clamp is in the sum of £100.00 and either prove the car is then taxed or pay a surety fee in the sum of £160.00, you have 24 hours after which the car will be impounded and the fee rises to £200 with a daily charge in the sum of £21.00
From September all pumps will have to state the biofuel and ethanol content of the fuel being sold, this is an EU directive but also being adopted here in the UK.
Last year the Department of Transport requested a study on if E10 petrol should be available in the UK , E10 petrol has been shown to reduce CO2 emissions by 2% compared to the E5 currently available , however not all cars will be compatible with the higher ethanol fuel.
In addition to this it will be mandatory to show the biofuel content of diesel , diesel is made of 7% thus will be labelled as B7 .
Biofuels are generally made up of a mix of plant , oil or animal fat , with biodiesel being made up of oilseed rape , sugar been and wheat.
Since 1954 VW have sold 12 million Carvells and now they have a new one , still very much like its ancestors it now comes with a bigger grille , new paint and wheel choices and upgraded LED lighting .
The new dashboard with the touchscreen now available in 9.2 inch and introducing speech control , which is becoming more of a box that needs to be ticked by drivers.
Power wise , mostly 2.0 turbo diesel , and there is a DSG model in the mix other features include crosswind assistance as standard , quite useful as this is essential a van , lane and parking assist as well as trailer assist , which allows the driver to steer backwards with a trailer using the control knob for the electric mirrors which has had great review.
The concept Ami , is to make its debut at the Geneva Motor Show this year , this two-seater aimed at younger market and would allow in some countries allow younger drivers to use without a licence with a top speed of 28 miles per hour, so firmly aimed at city driving.
The car could be either be owned or part of a share scheme with locking mechanism working off smart phones and would have a scope of 60 miles on one charge.
The Ami is small at 2.5 m long but with a light airy feel thanks to the large windows and comes completed with the iconic canvas roof which provides to open top driving experience.
The self driving technology began with Tesla, Uber and Google have now been joined by Amazon who have invested $530 million funding.
This money is going to the development of the Aurora , the development being led by Silicon Valley venture capital Sequoia, who started the research two years ago. Amazon have stated “We are always looking to invest in innovative , customer obsessed companies and Aurora is jus that.”
Aurora is developing the technology for autonomous vehicles , rather than the building of the actual cars and vans leaving that to current market.
The new Audi A3 will be revealed this summer, this fourth generation hatch will cross the wants of the market with an improved e-tron , plug in hybrid to the RS model.
The A3 overall appearance is to be updated to fall in line with the Audi look , the cabin will sport the 10.1 inch central infotainment unit and virtual cockpit digital dash set up , mirroring the Audi Q3 SUV.
The three door is rumoured to not appearing due to a lack of appeal and the five door model being far more popular.
Added to this there are whispers of a cabriolet also being added to the family.
Nissan decision not to make the X Trail in UK although being blamed on Brexit , is more of a business decision as the appetite for them is not that great in the UK , compared with the sales of the Juke and Qashqai , that is not the only issues that Nissan are facing with declining car sales in China with the added economic pressure from Europe.
Diesel has become the devil with drivers concerned about the environmental issues and no clear message from the government on the new cleaner diesel models coming through.
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