News round-up: Aston Barclay app, Mercedes emissions fix, DS 3 trim announced

Aston Barclay app to target buyers

Aston Barclay has launched a new Buyer App, but has confirmed a Vendor App will be available by the end of this year. The seller version will allow vendors to target buyers with video message offers and promotions, while the buyer version launched in mid-July gives customers live access to video and audio, the vehicles’ condition grades and the ability to search stock by colour and fuel type.

“We believe it’s the first time a physical auction business has hooked up buyers and vendors in this way, while still supporting local customers that just want to turn up and buy cars,” said Aston Barclay group IT director Stewart Ford.

“We have bridged the gap between the physical auction and the mobile space; connecting our buyers and sellers like never before and helping them to source and sell more vehicles, more effectively,” said chief executive Neil Hodson. “Aston Barclay is driving the future of the remarketing industry with leading technology and by building unique and exceptional customer journeys through every part of our business.”

‘Service action’ for 3m Mercedes over emissions

Mercedes is making emissions upgrades to 3m cars fitted with its latest diesel engines in a move to improve NOx emissions. The 220m euro (£195m) “service action” is on “nearly all” all Euro5 and Euro6 diesel cars across Europe though exact engines haven’t been specified, and there is no word from the UK headquarters about which or how many cars are involved.

The latest development is in addition to an announcement in March that only affected smaller cars, and comes amid an ongoing investigation by German authorities into Mercedes parent firm Daimler’s diesel emissions.

DS 3 Connected Chic model announced

DS has launched the new DS 3 Connected Chic, with the new version adding more equipment to the supermini’s specification.

The Connected Chic is based on the Chic trim level but adds kit such as satellite navigation, Apple CarPlay or Mirror Link, 17-inch black diamond cut alloy wheels, LED front fog lights, automatic air conditioning rear parking sensors and black details inside and out.

DS says that this extra equipment equates to £2000 of added value, but only results in a £900 price increase. Prices start at £16,115 for the 82hp 1.2-litre petrol, and go up to £18,915 for the automatic 110hp 1.2 petrol.