Price cuts add to buzz of electrics
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. designatwizy.co.uk
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.