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Round-up: Maserati Hybrid, Pod Point’s Tesco milestone, Ford/ALD fleet management partnership

Maserati reveals its first mild hybrid

Italian prestige brand Maserati has unveiled what it described as “the spark of electrification” that Maserati Ghibli Hybrid 2020“ignites Maserati’s future” with its electrified vehicle, with the Ghibli Hybrid. The new model uses mild hybrid technology to bring a slight emissions benefit over the regular petrol model, combining a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine with a 48V alternator and additional electric supercharger” supported by a battery, which brings a combined 330hp. Emissions figures should be from 192g/km, with 0-62mph achieved in 5.7 seconds.

The new Ghibli also debuts the brand’s Maserati Connect connectivity programme that can update the car’s software and perform vehicle checks.

According to Maserati, the Ghibli Hybrid represents the first step in a plan to electrify the entire range, with all-electric GranTurismo and GranCabrio models due next year.

Pod Point hits Tesco charge point milestone

Pod Point has now installed chargers at 200 Tesco stores on its way to a targeted 2,400 points across 600 UK stores. The milestone came with the addition of four 7kW charging bays at the Chester superstore, and took the total to over 400 points. A further 200 are set to be online by the end of this year, with the rollout that began in 2019 already having provided enough free energy to customers’ vehicles to drive a VW e-Golf three million miles.

“Providing customers with charging points offers them a sustainable choice and giving them the opportunity to charge their car for free while they shop is a little help to make this easier,” said Tesco UK and ROI chief executive Jason Tarry.

Ford and ALD launch new fleet management service

ALD Automotive and Ford have combined to launch a new Europe-wide fleet management service called Ford Fleet Management.

Described as a “competitive and integrated one-stop shop for European private and corporate customers”, the new offering is launching first in the UK this autumn before expanding to “selected” other European markets.

“This new business marks a significant step in strengthening our position as Europe’s leading commercial vehicle brand by providing new opportunities for us to serve our customers through fleet management,” said Stuart Rowley, president, Ford of Europe. “With ALD Automotive’s scale and experience in the full-service leasing market, Ford Fleet Management offers a one-stop shop for our customers, helping them more efficiently run their businesses by saving both time and money.”

The agreement cements a partnership between the two brands that dates back more than 15 years, where ALD has been providing Ford Lease Services.

 

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