New VW ID.3 tops European EV sales chart
Volkswagen’s new ID.3 was Europe’s best-selling car in October, beating the Renault Zoe to the number one spot with more than 10,000 registrations, according to Jato. Volkswagen also topped the overall chart with the Golf, which was 5,000 clear of the Renault Clio with 27,530 registrations. The Toyota Yaris and Mercedes A-Class topped the hybrid and PHEV categories respectively.
Ford Telematics fleet management extended to all makes
The functionality of the Ford Telematics system has been expanded to include data on vehicle from other manufacturers.
The multi-make facility allows fleet managers to manage “most vehicles built from 2015”, according to the brand, on the same desktop or app system, as part of the same subscription cost. The app can show fleet managers who is driving which vehicle, digitise daily vehicle checks and report damage or mechanical problems to the main Ford Telematics system.
“We know that many of our customers operate multi-make fleets, but also want to use Ford Telematics’ advanced capabilities,” said Dave Phatak, director, Ford Commercial Solutions Europe. “Our enhanced platform provides exciting new tools to boost productivity for our customers, not only delivering multi-make capability, but also a companion app that will bring new efficiencies to their fleet operations.”
Hyundai Group confirms future electric vehicle plans
Hyundai Motor Group has confirmed that its next-generation battery electric vehicle line-up will include vehicles capable of over 310 miles on a charge, recharge times of 80% charged in 18 minutes and 0-62mph acceleration in under 3.5 seconds.
The new E-GMP electric vehicle platform, its first dedicated EV underpinnings, is part of a strategy that will see Hyundai and sister brand Kia launch 23 battery electric vehicles and sell one million EVs worldwide by 2025.
“Today our front-wheel driven Hyundai and Kia BEVs are already among the most efficient ones in their segments,” said Albert Biermann, president and head of R&D division for Hyundai Motor Group. “With our rear-wheel driven based E-GMP, we are extending our technological leadership into segments where customers demand excellent driving dynamics and outstanding efficiency.”