Price cuts add to buzz of electrics

Yorkshire Post - Motoring - - NEWS -

RE­NAULT is among those wel­com­ing the Govern­ment’s grant of 20 per cent off the price of elec­tric vans. Ex­am­ple: it brings down the (ex VAT) price of the Kan­goo ZE from £16,990 to £13,592 – within £1,000 of the diesel ver­sion.

There are sim­i­lar sav­ings on the five-seat Maxi Crew. The com­pany is of­fer­ing up to £9,000 to a stu­dent’s win­ning de­sign for its Twizy elec­tric two seater: www. des­ig­

sales in Europe im­proved by nearly 62 per cent last year, the big­gest gain of any ma­jor brand.

Its global sales were ahead by 44 per cent. Ger­many had a 124 per cent gain, the UK 18 per cent.

CITROEN has in­tro­duced the cos­met­i­cally en­hanced DS3 Ul­tra Pres­tige in white or me­tal­lic grey. Prices from £20,700 with petrol power or an­other £200 for the 74mpg diesel.

SUZUKI’S Grand Vi­tara has a new spe­cial edi­tion, the SZ-T, with cos­metic tweaks, based on the 1.9 diesel which re­turns 41.5mpg and 179g/km. Price: £22,315 with me­tal­lic paint.

MIT­SUBISHI’S lat­est ASX “ur­ban cross­over” is now on sale in 2012 tune with bet­ter econ­omy and emis­sions from the 1.8 diesel with easy rolling tyres and re­gen­er­a­tive brak­ing to achieve 54mpg and 136g/km.

VAUX­HALL’S price­less 1911 C Type Prince Henry and a 1918 Type D army staff car both fea­ture in the hit film, Warhorse. The C Type was our first sports car and took its name from Prince Henry of Prus­sia who spon­sored early re­li­a­bil­ity tri­als.

ŠKODA has be­gun test­ing a fleet of 10 elec­tri­cally pow­ered Oc­tavias near its Mladà Boleslav fac­tory. It has a 100 mile op­ti­mum range with 062mph in 12 sec­onds.

FAST TRACK: The new Mercedes SLK 55 AMG, above and be­low, can go from 0-62mph in 4.6 sec­onds, and costs £54,950.

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