Premium brands dominate Aston Barclay desirability list
The Lexus CT has topped the August Aston Barclay used car desirability index ahead of the BMW X5 and Range Rover in a top 25 where all bar three cars were from premium brands.
The Tesla Model 3 made its first appearance on the index in seventh place, one behind the Toyota Prius, which was also present for the first time on a list compiled from the metrics of web views prior to sale, number of bids per sale and sale price as a percentage of Cap average.
“Our latest index reflects the current supply pressures in the new market caused by the semiconductor shortage,” said Aston Barclay managing director Martin Potter. “Consumers are switching to the used market for their premium SUV or saloon which means dealers are competing for the same make and model of used car. This continues to fuel high demand which is pushing up prices.”
£15m traffic light fund to reduce congestion
The Department for Transport has announced a £15m pot of money to help local councils improve traffic light systems to cut congestion, improve safety and reduce emissions and journey times to help address commitments made in the Government’s recently published Transport Decarbonisation Plan.
Councils will be expected to use the funding to repair and improve existing traffic signals, and consider how best to future-proof local road networks ahead of potential technological innovations.
The Government has also published findings from its Digital Intelligence Brokerage, aimed at speeding up research into new and innovative ways to fix potholes, including the use of drones to spot problems and 3D printing to accelerate repairs.
“This vital funding and work will cut journey times for millions of people, reduce emissions and keep the UK at the forefront of technological developments in roads maintenance, as we continue to invest in local economies and build back both better and greener from the pandemic,” said transport secretary Grant Shapps.
Berlingo updates bring new efficiency and tech
Citoen has announced changes to its Berlingo van and car range, with a new six-speed manual version of the entry 102hp diesel engine on the van version, which is the reigning Company Van Today Small Van of the Year, improving efficiency at higher speed compared to the outgoing five-speed.
Both car and van get a new 10-inch digital dashboard replacing the analogue dials on higher trim levels, and the Berlingo MPV – Company Car Today’s CCT100 MPV of the Year – gets a new e-Toggle gear selector on automatic versions, as well as a trim level change, with the previously special edition Rip Curl replacing the Flair trim.
The revised car and van versions of the Berlingo will arrive in the UK by the end of this year.