Kia Sportage fastest-selling used car of 2017

Auto Trader has reported that 2015 versions of the Kia Sportage were the fastest selling used cars in 2017.

The second-hand car advertising site said that petrol, manual models, registered in that year, took an average of 24 days to sell. It claimed that the market average was 68 days.

The company added that used diesel cars held their value last year, recording a like-for-like increase of 2%.

“We’ll continue to see a number of challenges during 2018, not least the turbulence caused by Brexit,” said Karolina Edwards-Smajda, retailer and consumer products director at Auto Trader.

“It’s therefore more important than ever for retailers to stock the most desirable cars in their area and price them according to the live retail market.”

Honda confirms Civic diesel manual prices

Honda has announced that the diesel six-speed manual version of its lower medium Civic will start at £20,120 for the entry-level S model, which goes on sales in February, rising to £24,925 for the top-end EX trim level. Honda Civic EX Dynamic 2018

Mid-level SE and SR variants are also available, as is an optional £600 Tech pack, which adds LED headlights with washers, LED fog lights, wireless phone charging and heated rear seats.

The 120hp i-DTEC diesel engine completes the UK line-up for the latest Civic.

VRA drafts in hydrogen experts for inaugural 2018 meeting

The Vehicle Remarketing Association (VRA) has announced that a series of hydrogen vehicle experts will speak at its first meeting of 2018.

Due to take place at leasing firm Arval’s head office in Swindon on an as-yet unconfirmed date, speakers will include Clare Jackson of Ecuity Consulting on the Swindon Hydrogen Hub, Paul Marchment of Arval on the company’s hydrogen fleet car trial and John Hunt of Toyota on motor manufacturer progress in developing hydrogen cars.

Glenn Sturley, chair at the VRA, said: “There is a lot of curiosity in the remarketing sector about hydrogen vehicles. They certainly do appear to promise a highly attractive alternative to the fuel types currently available in the medium-longer term.

“This meeting promises to provide a fascinating briefing on the latest developments in the sector and is even being held in Swindon, which is rapidly becoming the UK’s home of hydrogen power. We believe it will be a very useful and informative session.

“We’ll also be looking in detail at the latest developments in the UK remarketing sector. 2018 is set to be a very eventful year and we expect to fulfil an even more important than usual role for our members in helping to keep them as well informed as possible.”