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New Peugeot 308SW, Volvo introduces cheaper XC40 EVs, Engineius adds vehicle arrival text alerts

First pictures: Peugeot 308 SW

Peugeot has revealed the look of its new 308 SW, the estate version of its lower medium model.

The new model will arrive in the UK early next year, and will come with a pair of plug-in hybrid powertrains that both pass the 30-mile EV-only threshold for BiK tax, as well as 120hp petrol or diesel engines. All are only offered as an automatic, and the new 308 is the first lower medium Peugeot to get plug-in tech.

The new model is 60mm longer and 20mm lower than its predecessor, although boot volume drops by 52 litres to 608. Peugeot claimed the 308 SW will feature class-leading technology and driver aids, including the availability of semi-automatic lane-changing, curve speed adaption and anticipated speed recommendation.

“With the new 308 SW, Peugeot is giving buyers the possibility to choose a powertrain that best meets their needs, whether that is conventional petrol or diesel or plug-in Hybrid variants,” said Peugeot UK managing director Julie David. “By 2025, customers across our entire model line-up will be able to choose between electrified models and conventional powertrains. The new 308 SW continues to lead the segment with its practical interior, class-leading levels of technology and striking design.”

Volvo adds more affordable XC40 EV models

Volvo has expanded its electric XC40 Recharge line-up, with the £60,000 launch model now replaced by a trio of specifications starting at £49,950.

First Drive- March 2021 - Volvo XC40 - Image 4The only powertrain remains the 408hp offering, and the XC40 has a range of up to 259 miles, depending on specification. The entry XC40 Recharge Twin is accompanied by the £52,950 Twin Plus and the £56,700 Twin Pro models.

“With the XC40 Recharge, we are showing how choosing a pure electric Volvo does not mean any sacrifice or compromise in the technology or useability that Volvo customers expect,” said Kristian Elvefors, Volvo Car UK Managing Director. “We’ve ensured the specifications provide high levels of comfort, safety, connectivity and practicality, while the battery electric powertrain has the capacity to cover long distances, with quick recharging.”

Engineius adds on-route text alerts

Vehicle movement specialist Engineius has added a new automated text alert system to notify customers that their vehicle is on-route, providing a tracking link and estimated time of arrival.

The system also now sends a text message taking customers to a short survey following a collection or delivery, in a move to create “what the company called “360 degree feedback”, designed to “help assess and improve operations going forward”.

“Our customer’s digital journey is critical in fulfilling our mission of providing a leading tech-enabled service, and ultimately, make vehicle movement easy for all types of movements,” said Engineius commercial director Calum Slowther.

First pictures: New Peugeot 308

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