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Afternoon round-up: Merc SMR website, JLR subscription service, Renault EV investment

Merc launches SMR website

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Mercedes-Benz Vans has announced van owners and drivers can now purchase SMR plans through its website.

In doing so, the company has launched a dedicated website which shows available plans based on the age of the van, transmission type and model.

Drivers can buy the plan online or set up a monthly direct debit through their nearest dealership.

“We know that ServiceCare plans provide an attractive option for van owners and operators to ensure their vehicle maintenance is taken care of, so by launching a new website dedicated to making researching and purchasing them easier, we are providing even more options for our busy customers,” said Steve Bridge, MD of Mercedes-Benz Vans.

JLR launches monthly subscription service

JLR subscription service

Jaguar Land Rover has launched a subscription service offering motorists access to new vehicles for a fixed monthly cost.

The service – which is run by the firm’s mobility services arm InMotion – is designed to appeal to high-mileage drivers who don’t have access to company cars. There are no mileage limits and users will receive a new vehicle every 12 months, while JLR said the cost of insurance, roadside assistance and services are included within the fixed price.

The packages start from £910 per month for a standard specification Jaguar E-Pace through to £2,200 per month for a Range Rover Sport HSE.

“We know there is appetite for unlimited motoring packages and demand is growing rapidly for subscription services that better meet individual needs. For people who love driving premium vehicles but are tired of inflexible contracts, this is the solution,” said Sebastian Peck, managing director of InMotion.

Renault makes major investment to improve EV offering

Renault Zoe - CCT100 Electric Car of the Year 2018

Renault has announced a plan to invest a billion euros in order to further develop its electric vehicle range.

As part of the investment, a new electric vehicle production facility will be built, while the French manufacturer added it will also double the production capacity for its Zoe EV and triple the number of batteries it can produce.

“Renault is giving itself the means to maintain its leadership in the electric vehicle market and to continue to develop new sustainable mobility solutions for all,” said Carlos Ghosn, chairman and CEO of Renault.