First picture: Facelifted VW Polo
Volkswagen has facelifted its Polo supermini, with the new model going on pre-sale in May.
The revised model gets a heavily updated front-end, bringing it in line with the slenderer nose of the new Golf, and the five-door hatchback gets LED headlights and tail lights as standard across the range.
The Polo’s technology offering has also been updated, and standard spec is improved to include the central airbag on all models, which protects driver and passenger from impact with each other in the event of an accident. Lane Assist is also standard in all Polos, and can be combined with adaptive cruise control to enable partially autonomous driving. The eight-inch digital cockpit, infotainment screen now incorporates climate controls and a multifunctional steering wheel are also now standard across the range. Matrix headlights, called IQ.Light, are fitted on higher-tri models.
More detail on new Honda HR-V hybrid
Honda has released more information about its new HR-V crossover that’s due in the UK by the end of this year.
The new compact crossover will use Honda’s latest 131hp two-motor hybrid system, called e:HEV, as its only powertrain choice, and the Japanese brand claimed that the “clever packaging maximises interior space”. The brand is claiming class-leading spaciousness, with “levels of comfort and practicality unrivalled in the sub-compact SUV segment”.
The new HR-V is 20mm lower that the outgoing model but ground clearance increases by 10mm to create a sleeker body. All cars will come with 18-inch alloy wheels as standard.
NCP moves to plug-in fleet with new Alphabet deal
National Car Parks is to move its fleet of 105 company cars and 107 light commercial vehicles from diesel to electric or plug-in hybrid as part of a new deal with Alphabet.
The deal replaces NCP’s previous arrangement with five separate funders, and Alphabet claimed that it will offer a 77% reduction in invoice admin as well as moving the fleet across to plug-ins through a new focus on a whole life cost model.
“Our drivers are thrilled with the new options available to them on our updated choice list and particularly the tax reductions they’re now able to enjoy by lowering their emissions,” said Antony Wooller, NCAP’s fleet coordinator. “Looking ahead to the next couple years, we’re excited to work with Alphabet to migrate to a fully electrified fleet across the whole NCP business as current vehicle contracts expire.”