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Afternoon round-up: E-Class All-Terrain and Cabriolet, ACFO re-elects directors, Smart electric range prices


Mercedes reveals E-Class All-Terrain and Cabriolet

Mercedes E-Class All Terrain Edition 2017

Mercedes has revealed two new versions of its executive E-Class: the All-Terrain estate and the Cabriolet.

The All-Terrain is a more rugged version of the estate, in a similar vein to the Audi A6 Allroad and the Volvo V60 Cross Country. It has Mercedes’ 4Matic four-wheel drive system as standard, rides 39mm higher than the conventional E-Class estate, comes with a nine-speed automatic gearbox and a 258hp V6 diesel engine, which returns 41.5mpg and emits 179g/km. It costs £58,880.

The Cabriolet is a four-seat convertible with an electric, fabric roof that can fold down in 20 seconds at speeds of up to 31mph. Four versions are available from launch: the E220d, E350d 4Matic, E300, and E400 4Matic. The E220d, the most economical of the range, offers 126g/km and 57.7 mpg and prices start at £44,675.

ACFO re-elects existing board members

The Association of Car Fleet Operators re-elected Debbie Floyde, head of fleet at Bauer Media and Phil Redman, owner of PR Fleet Management and former fleet manager for IBM, to the board of directors at its AGM. The organisation has retained its six-strong board, comprising John Pryor, fleet and travel manager at Arcadia Group; Caroline Sandall, former fleet manager at Barclays Bank; Denise Lane, head of group fleet at Capita and Richard Baird, new business development director at Marshall Leasing.

Also, nominations are now open for ACFO’s awards. Members and non-members can have their say via the organisation’s website.

Smart reveals pricing for electric range

smart electric drive range 2017

City car manufacturer Smart has revealed prices for its electric Fortwo and Forfour models. Prices start at £16,420 for the two-seat Fortwo Electric Drive, including the government’s £4,500 plug-in car grant.

The four-seat Forfour electric drive costs £16,915 including the grant, and the Fortwo Cabriolet Electric Drive starts at £18,650.