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First pictures: Revised Citroen C5 Aircross, Smart motorway roll-out paused amid safety concerns, MFG to open 60 EV hubs in 2022

First pictures: Revised Citroen C5 Aircross

Citroen has revised its C5 Aircross SUV, with a notable change to the front-end styling joined by new 3D rear lighting and a new 10-inch infotainment screen.

The revised model will be on UK roads in the second quarter of this year, continuing in petrol, diesel and plug-in hybrid forms. Other minor change s include new 18-inch diamond cut alloy wheels and new matt black inserts to the gloss black roof bars, as well as a new Eclipse Blue colour, and four new colour packs for the front air intakes and Airbump side panels.

“C5 Aircross has been recognised since its launch as the most comfortable and flexible SUV in its category, and has now been given a makeover to assert a more prestigious, modern and dynamic personality,” said New C5 Aircross project manager Pierre-Yves Couineau. “While building on its strengths of comfort, on-board spaciousness and modularity, it has matured to become more elegant and dynamic, with sharper exterior styling and more modern high-quality colours, and materials for the interior.”

Smart motorway roll-out paused amid safety concerns

The Government has confirmed that it is to pause the roll-out of all-lane-running smart motorways until there is five years of safety data available for those that were introduced before 2020.

At that point, the Government will assess the data and “make informed decisions” on the next steps, according to the Department for Transport.

The Government is also investing £390m in an additional 150 emergency areas on existing smart motorways to give drivers more places to stop safely off the main carriageway.

“We have listened to public concerns about smart motorways and we are fully committed to taking forward the additional measures the Transport Committee has recommended,” said National Highways chief executive Nick Harris. “While we pause those all lane running schemes yet to start construction, we will complete the schemes currently in construction. We will make existing sections as safe as they can possibly be and we will step up our advice to drivers so they have all the information they need.”

MFG to open 60 EV hubs in 2022

Motor Fuel Group, the UK’s biggest independent fuel forecourt operator, has pledged to open 60 EV hubs with a total of 350 150kW charging points during the course of 2022.

The sites will either be EV-only or duel-fuel at its existing forecourts, each containing between four-eight 150kW chargers, which the company said will be augmented with 300kW+ chargers as battery technology improves.

The company was recently voted second-favourite UK charging network in the annual Zapmap survey, despite only having been operating in the EV charging arena since early 2021.

MFG will continue to operate a duel-fuel strategy over the coming decades, with fossil fuel infrastructure as well as rolling out increasing numbers of EV charging hubs.

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