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Revised Dacia Duster Commercial, Ford to pilot parcel deliveries to car, Record conversation rates for Aston Barclay

First pictures: Revised Dacia Duster Commercial

Dacia has revised what it claimed is the UK’s cheapest 4×4 van, with the Duster Commercial falling in line with the passenger version in getting the restyled front end and updated alloy wheels.

The LCV version has the rear seats removed, and has a payload of up to 530kg and 1623 litres of space, with a full-length load cover, mesh bulkhead and series of lashing eyes fitted to the load area which measures 1792mm in length.

Prices start from £12,795 excluding VAT, with the range-topping 4×4 model coming in at £16,295 plus VAT in the lower of the two trim levels on offer.

Orders are open now with first deliveries expected in December.

Ford to pilot parcel deliveries to car

Ford and Hermes are launching a Secure Delivery to Vehicle pilot in selected areas of the country via the FordPass app.

Ford parcel delivery to car 2021Initially only available at the driver’s home address if the vehicle is parked within 300 metres, remote unlocking is enabled through the app, with selected retailers allowing an option of deliver to car when making a purchase. The Hermes delivery driver is given the car’s location when 300 metres from the address, and when within 50 metres gets a one-time unlock token by scanning the parcel to release the boot.

As the pilot expands, features including returns collected form the vehicle and enabling deliveries at other locations are also planned to be added.

Record conversation rates in September for Aston Barclay

A shortage of stock has driven conversion rates to record levels for Aston Barclay, with the auction firm reporting a 92.5% sale rate last month, 3.6% ahead of what was a record August and 4.14% up on September 2020.

But the firm said the semiconductor shortage affecting new vehicle sales has led to ex-fleet volumes being at around 60% of levels pre-crisis.

“After August’s summer holiday slow down, dealers have come back into the market very strongly,” said Martin Potter, Aston Barclay’s managing director – customer. “The shortage particularly of ex-fleet stock is driving conversion rates and prices to record levels although all areas of the market including high mileage stock is experiencing a price increase.”


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