Toyota and Lexus warranty change
Toyota and its premium brand Lexus have shifted the warranty on all new products from 1 June, with the previous five-year or 100,000-mile warranty changing to a three-year/60-mile offering, but with an additional 12 months or 10,000 miles for any car up to 10 years old or 100,000 miles, when serviced at an official Toyota dealer.
The new warranty is valid across the brand’s entire range of cars and light commercial vehicles and all powertrains, and existing cars under 10 years old and 100,000 miles serviced by a Toyota dealer will benefit from the new arrangement.
The company said it is “engaging in conversations with leasing companies”, as those that service their vehicles outside of the Toyota network will see the warranty on new vehicles drop from five years to three. “We want to drive lease vehicles to be more inclined to come into the network,” said a spokesman.
According to Toyota, the warranty offering following a service covers the same parts and labour as the brands’ new vehicle warranty, and is free of charge and automatically applied when the vehicle has visited a dealership.
BP Pulse price increase from 10 June
BP Pulse has announced a series of price rises from 10 June, with the costs rising for all bar the 150kWh high-powered chargers
The £7.85 monthly subscription cost remains unchanged, but users signed up to that will see a 4p per kWh rise in the cost of using 22kW chargers and a 7p rise for 50kWh chargers, going up to 16p and 23p respectively, while registered users that don’t subscribe get a 2p per kWh increase to 20p and 4p per kWh to 29p per kWh respectively.
Contactless or guest payment visitors to BP Pulse chargers will see a 1p per kWh rise to 26p on 22kW chargers and a 5p per kWh increase to 35p per kWh on 50kW chargers.
There is no change for the company’s 150kW chargers, which stay at 27p per kWh for subscribers, and 42p for all other users.
“Last year, we installed more rapid and ultra-fast charging locations than any other company and we remain the most used network in the UK,” said a company statement. “These changes to our pricing will allow us to continue investing in our network and continue to be able to deliver the highest levels of service.”
AFP webinar to focus on post-pandemic fleet management
The Association of Fleet Professionals will hold its next webinar on Wednesday 16 June, on the topic of ‘Back to Normal? A Post Covid-19 Landscape for Fleet Operators’. The event, which is open to all interested parties in the industry, will feature ISS head of fleet Duncan Webb discussing the post-pandemic issues and his experiences in dealing with them. Autowindscreens head of fleet and facilities Shaun Atton will also be speaking, and the AFP will also host a Q&A session.
The coronavirus crisis has changed, probably forever, the backdrop against which fleet managers operate and this session identifies those fundamentals and discusses strategies that will deliver results in the future,” said AFP chair Paul Hollick.
The webinar starts at 9.30, with registration details at the AFP website.