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Afternoon round-up: Land Rover Discovery Commercial, AlphaCity bookings up, Scenic petrol prices


Land Rover reveals Discovery Commercial

Land Rover has launched a stripped-down version of its Discovery 4×4 for the business market. Land Rover Discovery Commercial 2017 2

Known as the Discovery Commercial, it trades the second and third row seats for 1,856 litres of cargo capacity and can tow up to 3.5 tonnes.

Clearly attempting to some of the market from the now-defunct Defender, it also includes a power tailgate and is available with the manufacturer’s Ingenium 2.0-litre SD4 240hp and 3.0-litre TD6 258hp diesel engines.

Prices start at £48,695 for the S trim level with the 20-litre engine and rise to £59,995 for the 3.0-litre Commercial HSE.

Alphabet reports rise in corporate car sharing uptake

Leasing firm Alphabet has reported an 18.68% year-on-year increase (to the end of November) in bookings for its AlphaCity corporate car sharing service.

The service saw 23,391 bookings in 2017 compared to 19,709 for the equivalent period in 2016. The company said the average journey length for its shared vehicles was 43 miles and each vehicle continues to average over 30 employee users.

“We’re really pleased to see that not only have our customers surpassed a million ‘shared miles driven’ again this year [1,016,282 miles in total] in their AlphaCity vehicles, but also thanks the dedication of the AlphaCity team and our field-based Mobility Consultants we’ve dramatically increased vehicle utilisation,” said Nick Butler, Alphabet’s head of mobility services.

Renault announces prices for latest Scenics

Renault has revealed prices for the Scenic and Grand Scenic fitted with its new 1.3-litre Energy TCe petrol engines. RENAULT ANNOUNCES UK PRICING FOR NEW GENERATION PETROL ENGINE ON SCÉNIC AND GRAND SCÉNIC

Available in 115hp and 140hp guises, the Scenic starts at £22,005 for the TCe 115 in Expression+ trim and rises to £28,505 for the Signature Nav TCe 140 auto EDC, while the equivalent Grand Scenics cost £23,505 and £30,305 respectively.

Every version of the Scenic fitted with the new engine emits 23g/km of CO2 and returns an official 52.3mpg, while the Grand Scenics emit either 124- or 125g/km and return 50.4 or 51.4mpg depending on the exact configuration.