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Motorway services ranked

Cobham services on the M25 has been rated as the UK’s top motorway service station, beating the M40’s Beaconsfield and Peterborough services on the A1 (M), according to a new survey from Northgate that took into account facilities including parking, EV points, playgrounds, showers and eateries.

Carnforth on the M6 was ranked bottom, level with Cairn Lodge on the M74 in Scotland, with Pease Pottage on the M23 in Sussex third bottom.

International Motors acquires Mitsubishi aftersales business

Mitsubishi models will continued to be supported from a parts and service perspective after IM Group, which is the importer for Isuzu and Subaru in the UK, acquired the Mitsubishi aftersales business from Colt Car Company ahead of Mitsubishi’s withdrawal from the UK new car market.

The statement said most of the Mitsubishi dealer network will transition to become Mitsubishi Service Centres this autumn, and that drivers “will see no difference in the standards of service they receive”.

“Mitsubishi is a wonderful brand with a great reputation for excellent products and outstanding customer service,” said IM Group managing director Andrew Edmiston. “In this new era of ownership by IM Group, a company with customer service at its heart, customers can expect no less commitment from their Mitsubishi dealer than they have experienced in the past. We will ensure all Mitsubishi dealers have the support they need to continue to deliver this.”

BVRLA reports growth in leasing numbers

The size of the leasing fleet under the BVRLA grew by 1.5% in the first quarter of 2021, according to the latest figures from the rental and leasing organisation. That still puts it 3.3% smaller than the same period in 2020, with the growth fuelled by light commercial vehicles, which were up by 4.3% year-on-year.

Average car emissions hit an all-time low of 91.7g/km, while battery cars also overtook diesel cars for the first time.

“With over 130,000 plug-in vehicles on the combined BVRLA fleet, new challenges are coming to the fore, particularly around the risks associated with unknown residual values on a rapidly expanding EV fleet,” said BVRLA chief executive Gerry Keaney. “Problems in the supply chain are also hindering vehicle delivery. Despite this, the leasing sector remains strong and has a lot to be proud of.”