Leon gets Seat’s first ever PHEV powertrain
Seat has confirmed figures and pricing for its first ever pug-in hybrid model, with the Leon e-Hybrid offering an official range figure of 36 miles on electric power alone and a CO2 figure of 27g/km.
Available in five trim levels from FR upwards, the e-Hybrid combines a 1.4-litre petrol engine with electric motor for a combined 204hp and costs from £30,970.
The Spanish brand has also added a new 110hp 1.0 eTSI mild hybrid engine to the Leon range that it said will be most popular with company car drivers in SE Dynamic trim level, which costs £23,600.
BMW plans to launch driver’s club
BMW is to launch a new reward club in an attempt to increase engagement and brand experience at a driver level.
Details will be announced shortly, but the programme, will be called Inside Edge and will offer drivers a variety of rewards for engagement.
The brand’s fleet boss, Rob East, told Company Car Today that the move isn’t being seen as a marketing or sales opportunity, but has been conceived to give drivers “the brand experience they absolutely expect.”
Inside Edge will pilot late this year with a limited number of clients ahead of a wider roll-out.
East wouldn’t give more detail on what the rewards might be, but “frictionless” use of toll roads, car parking and retail drinks outlets could be included, potentially using ANPR technology to link the car to the scheme.
Used values rise in September – BCA
Used car demand was up in September according to remarketing giant BCA, with both sold volumes and average values increasing.
Average used car values across the company’s sales was up by 3.9% compared with August to £8,363, and the company hit record numbers of sales through its online channels for the fifth consecutive month, with all of the company’s auctions currently taking place through digital channels. “From the vendor perspective, it is worth remembering that the remarketing basics remain just as relevant in an exclusively digital marketplace and after a sustained period of strong prices, some readjustment is likely to happen at some point,” said BCA COO UK Remarketing Stuart Pearson. “Ensuring that every vehicle has the appropriate documentation from V5 to service history, describing the vehicle with all of the add-value specification and also providing all the equipment at point of sale remain as important as ever.”