Sporting Ford Ranger released
Ford has launched a third motorsport-styled MS-RT model, with the Ranger following on from the cosmetically enhanced MS-RT Transit Custom and Transit Connect models already available.
Based on the 213hp diesel 10-speed auto Wildtrak, the MS-RT features a unique exterior including hand-built front fascia featuring a honeycomb carbon-fibre effect grille, 20-inch OZ Racing alloys and extended wheel arches, while the cabin gets leather trim, scuff plates and heated front seats.
“Ranger MS-RT is designed for customers who value Ranger’s hard-working capability but want the racing pedigree and hand-finished exclusivity of our MS-RT series”, said Brendan Lyne, director, commercial vehicles, Ford of Europe. “This eye-catching vehicle blends Ford’s decades of success in pick-up trucks with striking motorsport-inspired design to offer a road-focused truck combining immense kerb appeal with the hard-working ability that our customers love.”
The MS-RT version is available through Ford dealers as a one-stop shop conversion, with first deliveries in the second quarter of 2021. Pricing is still to be finalised, but it should sit below the Raptor model’s £50,290 before VAT, which is possible because unlike the Raptur, the MS-RT retains a payload of more than a tonne.
Zero BiK to boost electric van adoption
The new zero rate for van benefit-in-kind that kicks in for the 2021-22 tax year should lead to “faster, wider adoption” of the technology, according to the Association of Fleet Professionals.
“We’ve seen in the EV market how the 0% tax rate has been decisive when it comes to driving company car driver interest and, as it has become more widely known, demand for electric cars has increased exponentially,” said AFP chair Paul Hollick. “While eLCV drivers have a much reduced say over what they drive compared to company cars, there is certainly potential for a similar effect.”
Hollick said the electric van benefit has been underpublicized, and the wider range of product coming to market are able to meet a broader range of needs.
Light commercials for private use are taxed at a flat rate rather than the CO2 emission-graded system for cars, making them cheaper for company users.
PSA/FCA merger completed
The merger between Citroen, DS Automobile, Peugeot and Vauxhall parent company PSA and FCA, which owns Alfa Romeo, Fiat, Maserati and Jeep, has been completed. The combined companies will now be known under the Stellantis branding.
Stellantis described itself as “one of the world’s leading automakers and a mobility provider, guided by a clear vision: to offer freedom of movement with distinctive, affordable and reliable mobility solutions”.