Thatcham calls for more standard AEB
UK safety body Thatcham has urged more manufacturers to fit autonomous emergency braking (AEB) systems as standard. The organisation said 61% of new cars now come with the technology, regardless of trim level, but added that only three of the top 10 best selling cars of 2017 had it as standard.
“Achieving a five-star Euro NCAP rating without standard-fit AEB will be close to impossible for vehicle manufacturers from 2018 onwards,” said Thatcham’s director of research, Matthew Avery.
“Many market AEB as an optional extra but with its potential to save so many lives it is far too important not to be fitted as standard. While Killed or Seriously Injured (KSI) accidents affecting occupants are coming down, KSIs involving Vulnerable Road Users such as pedestrians and cyclists are on the increase. Protecting people outside of the car, as well as those inside, is clearly important.”
“Standard-fitment of AEB is still not at the levels it should be. Jaguar Land Rover is the only carmaker amongst the top 10 best-selling brands to fit AEB on all new models. While standard-fit AEB penetration for Ford, the top selling brand in the UK, stands at just 7% today.”
Aston Barclay reports record fleet sale
Aston Barclay has reported a record sales at its regular Wednesday fleet auction.
The company sold 290 units, the highest ever number at its Prees Heath site, the highest at that venue in 20 years, with vehicles supplied by Alphabet, Zenith, Leaseplan and PSA Group, among others, while prices averaged between 98% and 100% of Cap.
“The weekly fleet sale at Prees has continued to grow in popularity year-on-year with vendors and buyers alike making it one of the most respected auction centres in the UK,” said Martin Potter, Aston Barclay’s group operations director.
“We have been working with the local council to look at ways of developing the Prees Heath site over the coming year to cater for this increased demand and we are confident the expanded site will bring great benefits to the local community with new jobs and investment.”
Range Rover coupe teased
Land Rover has revealed plans and a teaser interior image of the Range Rover SV Coupe.
The model will be limited to 999 examples and is set to make its debut at March’s Geneva motor show.
John Edwards, Land Rover Special Operations managing director, said: “Land Rover created the luxury SUV sector with Range Rover almost 50 years ago. In launching the new Range Rover SV Coupe, we will offer clients an alluring combination of peerless luxury and rarity.
“Unveiling this special vehicle at Geneva international motor show in March, during Land Rover’s 70th Anniversary year, will be a defining moment for Land Rover, the Range Rover portfolio and Special Vehicle Operations.”