Two cars miss out on five-star Euro NCAP scores
Five cars have scored the maximum five stars as part of Euro NCAP’s latest round of crash-testing.
The safety body awarded the accolades to the Audi A3 Sportback, Seat Leon, Isuzu D-Max pick-up, Kia Sorento and Land Rover Defender, while the Honda E and Hyundai i10 scored four and three stars respectively.
Euro NCAP said the Honda E missed out on achieving five-stars as it lacks some of the advanced safety features which are included in the Honda Jazz.
Meanwhile, the Hyundai i10 was let down by poor performance in the full-width frontal impact test, Euro NCAP said, as the driver’s pelvis slipped under the lap belt, while it added the vehicle also offers a more limited AEB functionality then some other small cars.
“Poor crash compatibility between vehicles has been a problem for years. Now, in 2020, we have a frontal test which can assess how a vehicle performs in this regard and can penalise those cars that perform poorly. This is a first for safety assessment and should lead to better, more compatible designs in the future,” said Euro NCAP’s secretary-general, Michiel van Ratingen.
FCA signs agreement to make EV charging easier for fleet customers
Electric vehicle charging point company NewMotion has signed an agreement with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles to enable its fleet customers to recharge.
The deal encompasses workplace, on-the-move and home charging and will enable fleets to make a “seamless transition to electric mobility”.
NewMotion added that EV charging can be combined with payment functionalities and data insights, meaning employees who drive a company car but charge at home, will be automatically reimbursed for these costs, while fleet managers of large businesses will be able to monitor, analyse and control all aspects of the charging infrastructure from one central platform, allowing them to control driver access, monitor usage and control costs.
“The partnership with NewMotion is one of the many services that Fiat Chrysler Automobiles offers to its clients, to simplify the life of those who decide to buy an electric or electrified vehicle. These are simple, innovative solutions that can transform any issues business clients may encounter with new types of e-mobility into opportunities,” said Roberto Di Stefano, Head of e-Mobility region EMEA at FCA
Used car prices increase at BCA despite lockdown
The average price of cars sold at auction increased in November despite the second lockdown imposing restrictions across the UK, auction giant BCA said.
It said average used car values moved by just £166 (2.0%) to £7,986 during the month and remained ahead of the previous year by 3.5%.
“We suggested last month that the onset of Lockdown 2.0 could cause some short-term volatility and the early days of November reflected this. However, BCA continued to conduct business safely and within the government guidelines and average used car values and volumes held up well during November,” said BCA COO of UK Remarketing, Stuart Pearson.