Company Car Today - Issue 54 - 26th June 2019

Mercedes unveils GLB small crossover Cities delay clean air zones Mercedes-Benz has revealed a new small crossover that sits between the GLA coupe- crossover and the GLC SUV. The GLB is 22mm shorter than the GLC, but 56mm narrower and 19mm taller. It is a squarer, more traditional off-road design, and that reflects in a boot space that is larger than the GLC big brother’s at 560 litres; it also outpoints larger models such as the Audi Q5 and BMW X3 SUVs. The new model, which hits UK roads late this year, will come in front- or all-wheel- drive forms. Early indications are that emissions will start from 129g/km for the entry diesel – the 150hp GLB200d. Birmingham and Leeds City Councils have had to postpone the introduction of Clean Air Zones because a Government system has not been developed in time. The zones were to launch in January 2020, but Birmingham has been put back to July 2020 and Leeds is yet to confirm a new date. SAMUEL TO LEAVE HONDA Marc Samuel, Honda’s fleet sales operations manager, is to leave the Japanese car company after two years at the helm of its corporate arm. Honda said Samuel’s departure will be for “pastures new” in the coming months. Phil Webb, the brand’s head of car, will oversee the fleet sales operations team. ADDITIONS FOR ENTERPRISE EXOTIC COLLECTION Enterprise has added the Lamborghini Huracan Performante, Aston Martin Rapide S and Range Rover Sport to its Exotic Car Collection of rental vehicles. Cars are delivered by transporter, with rental rates for the collection’s cars starting from £560 a week. LONGER RANGE FOR FACELIFTED ZOE EV Renault has revealed the third generation of its Zoe electric vehicle. The key update is the fitment of a 52kWh battery which increases the model’s range to 242 miles. Other changes include new LED lights and bumpers, while inside the car features a new layout and a 9.3-inch portrait touchscreen. It’s a step in our commitment to have an electrified version across our range by 2023 RENAULT REVEALS REFRESHED KOLEOS Renault has revealed a refreshed Koleos SUV. The key change is the addition of two new diesel engines. The 1.8-litre 150hp Blue dCi 150 is available in front- wheel-drive only and emits 143g/km of CO 2 , while the 2.0-litre 190hp Blue dCi 190 returns 150g/km of CO 2 . UK prices will be revealed in July. launch, including the 5008 winning the 2018 and 2019 CCT100 SUV of the Year title. Driver assistance systems include adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go function and autonomous parking assist, while the new 2008 also features the latest generation of the firm’s i-cockpit and a head-up display. Trim levels will run from the entry Active to fleet-friendly Allure and sportier GT-Line and GT specifications. Peugeot UK managing director David Peel said: “We strongly believe in choosing your Peugeot and then choosing your powertrain. The all-new 2008 SUV is also another step forward in our commitment of having an electrified version, across our entire Peugeot range, by 2023.” Prices and specifications will be revealed closer to the vehicle’s launch. NEWS COMPANY CAR TODAY.CO.UK 7 BITES