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Afternoon round-up: New Civic diesel engine, Thrifty joins ICFM scheme, latest Vivaro passenger models


Civic gets revised 1.6 diesel engine

Honda will add a revised version of its 120hp 1.6-litre i-DTEC diesel engine to the Honda Civic Diesel 2017lower medium Civic from March 2018.

A series of mechanical tweaks will render it capable of 99g/km of CO2 and 76.3mpg under the forthcoming Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP) cycle, to which is the first Honda unit to be subject.

It will be good for 0-62mph in 10.4 seconds, while the Civic will also be available with a nine-speed automatic transmission as of mid-2018 – a first for a two-wheel drive car, according to Honda.

Thrifty signs up to ICFM corporate investor programme

Thrifty Car and Van Rental has become the first short-term car and van hire specialist up to the Institute of Car Fleet Management’s corporate investor programme.

The scheme aims to “raise the standards of fleet industry professionals and overcome a possible skills and knowledge shortage inside many employers.”

“Fleet management has become increasingly challenging and we support the work of ICFM in its education and training programmes which reflect the needs in this ever-changing arena,” said Thrifty’s sales director, Caroline Gallagher.

Other members of the scheme include Auto Windscreens, Michelin, SG Fleet and Ambit.

First images: Vivaro passenger vans

Vauxhall has revealed the first images of the Tourer Elite and Combi the Vivaro van, Vauxhall Vivaro 2017prior to their unveiling at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September.

The Elite will be available with a 1.6-litre CDTi BiTurbo engine with 125 or 145hp, in either L1 or L2 body, whiel the Combi Plus is said to be “more car-like” than the existing Vivaro Combi.

“These new top-of-the-range Vivaros offer our customers even more comfort and flexibility,” said Steve Bryant, Vauxhall’s head of commercial vehicle brand.

“The Tourer Elite is the perfect business shuttle and the Combi Plus is a more generously specified version of our popular Combi. Both models expand our portfolio and take us into new areas of the market.”