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New Honda HR-V, Ford reveals clever hi-vis panels, Keep checking tyres in lockdown

First pictures: New Honda HR-V crossover

Honda has unveiled its new HR-V, which is due to arrive in the UK late this year with Honda’s e:HEV hybrid powertrain.

The new model is claimed to benefit from “significantly” improved levels of comfort, and retains what Honda described as class-leading levels of comfort, while also benefitting from “exceptional hybrid efficiency and advanced safety and technology features”.

The HR-V is the third Honda to get the e:HEV hybrid badging, following on from the refreshed CR-V and the new Jazz, both of which were launched last year.

Ford reveals electronic high-visibility panels

Ford has developed new electronic high-visibility panels to increase the visibility of vehicles at night. The panels don’t require other light sources to be visible in the dark, with the red strips illuminated by electricity passing through a thin layer of phosphorus gas activated by a switch behind the driver’s seat.

FORD HI-VIS PANELS 2021“Roadside working is a necessary and sometimes dangerous part of the job for many of our customers”, said Simon Robinson, chief program engineer, Special Vehicle Engineering, Ford of Europe. “We want to ensure that what is often essential work can be carried out as safely and effectively as possible. Creating panels that can be illuminated without having to rely on other sources of light was literally a ‘light bulb’ moment.”

The development has been trialled with Northumbrian Water Group, which is now Ford’s first commercial user of the panels.

Tyre checks to pay dividends when lockdown eases

Checking the tyres of cars not being used due to lockdown could save money and lead to reduced risk of tyre-related incidents when journeys increase again, according to tyre maintenance charity Tyresafe.

Tyresafe tyre cheCKThe organisation recommended that tyres should be covered if a vehicle is left for a significant period of time to prevent cracking or other damage from the elements, while vehicles should also be moved regularly to prevent tyres becoming misshapen or developing weak points from the vehicle weight resting on the same point for an extended period.

“It’s easy to fall into the trap of ignoring maintenance checks when you’re not using your vehicle, but there are good reasons to keep up the routine,” said TyreSafe chairman Stuart Jackson. “Most likely, using a vehicle with underinflated tyres will just add to your fuel bill and increase wear but there are instances when the outcome is far, far more severe. It’s imperative all vehicle owners continue to check their tyres throughout Lockdown – look after your tyres and they will look after you.”


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