Afternoon round-up: New Peugeot 508 estate, Apple CarPlay update, Insurance premiums ‘skyrocket’

New Peugeot 508 estate revealed

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Peugeot has unveiled an estate version of its 508 upper medium car’s public debut at the Paris motor show in October.

The model is due to arrive in the UK in January, and the French brand said it will initially be powered by two petrol and three diesel options from launch.

Petrol power comes courtesy of a 1.6-litre motor in tunes of 180hp and 225hp while diesel options are based on the company’s 1.5-litre and 2.0-litre units in 130hp, 160hp and 180hp guises.

Peugeot also confirmed a plug-in hybrid is due in the second half of next year with a zero-emission range of 30 miles under the new WLTP cycle.

The company said the batteries will be stored underneath the second row seats so they don’t impact on luggage space, which is rated at 530 litres rear seats up and 1,780 litres rear seats down.

Apple CarPlay to support third-party mapping apps

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Apple CarPlay will support third-party map apps when the Ios 12 iPhone/iPad operating system is released later this year, the technology giant has announced.

At present, Apple locks users into using its own mapping system, however,  CarPlay supports third-party apps in other scenarios.

With the latest update, however, motorists will be able to integrate whichever mapping service they like with CarPlay.

Fleet insurer warns of skyrocketing premiums

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A fleet insurance broker has warned corporate fleet premiums “could skyrocket” due to claims management firms “putting in big bills for hire vehicles.”

The company – Construction Insure – claimed a scaffolding firm’s insurance premium increased by 500% after a van reversed into a motorcycle, with the biker’s claims management placing them on a £150-a-day hire bike with the total bill coming to £45,000.

“When a fleet gets hit with a hire of over £20k on their claims history, their premium soars,” said Mark Herbert of Construction Insure. “There is no control over what the claims management companies believe they can charge and how their actions have a huge impact of a company’s premiums by trying their luck to get these extortionate figures paid. It is circumstances like this which is putting pressure on the industry to line non-participants pockets.”