EV-only for Citroen, Peugeot and Vauxhall MPVs
Stellantis brands Citroen, Peugeot and Vauxhall have confirmed the ending of production petrol and diesel versions of the two MPV families of Citroen Berlingo, Peugeot Rifter and Vauxhall Combo Life, and Citroen Spacetourer, Peugeot Traveller and Vauxhall Vivaro Life.
The only remaining non-electric MPV is the aging Citroen C4 Spacetourer.
Citroen and Vauxhall have also announced price cuts to both their electric MPVs in the wake of changes to the Government grant. All e-Berlingo, e-Spacetourer, Combo-e Life and Vivaro-e Life models will now get the reduced £1500 grant by easing below the lowered £32,000 threshold.
Pre-grant, the e-Berlingo now runs from £30,995 for the Feel trim and medium body, to £31,995 for both the Flat XTR in medium length and the seven-seat Feel XL. The XL gets the biggest price cut, having been priced at £33,970 prior to the Government’s changes to the grant level.
The e-Spacetourer has come down by £1890 and £2190 respectively for the M and XL lengths of the Business Edition trim, which now cost £31,795 and £31,995.
Vauxhall’s Combo-e Life drops by £2000-£3000 to kick off from £31,110, and the Vivaro-e Life by £2840-£3000 to start from £31,795.
“Vauxhall has set out a clear ambition to go electric only by 2028 and this is another step on that journey,” said Vauxhall managing director Paul Willcox. “We are focused on ensuring that the benefits of going electric are available, and affordable, to as many British motorists as possible.”
Sales up a quarter for BCA over festive period
BCA has reported that its online sales between Christmas and new year recorded a 25% increase in sales compared with the same period in 2020, with 11,400 customers engaging an interest and over 2500 different buyers.
Vans were particularly strong according to the auction giant, with over 400 different purchasers between Christmas and new year.
“The results show that a number of our buyer customers appreciated the opportunity to purchase vehicles throughout the festive period, replenishing stock and getting prepared for what we all hope is a buoyant market in 2022” said BCA COO UK Stuart Pearson. “With the ongoing pressure on new vehicle supply, there is every expectation that used vehicle values will remain resilient and we’re seeing signs of demand warming up this week as many customers and retail consumers return from what has been an extended break.”
Slowing demand sees Passat saloon dropped by VW
Volkswagen will continue to sell its Passat Estate mode, although the saloon has been deleted form the brand’s line-up as a result of slowing demand.
The more popular estate is still offered in petrol, diesel or plug-in hybrid form, and the premium Arteon sibling continues in both hatch and shooting brake body styles.
A new Passat, which has been part of the VW line-up for nearly 50 years, is reportedly due in 2023 with more details set to emerge later this year.