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New Honda Civic revealed, Audi to go EV-only from 2026, Van failures increasing

First pictures: New Honda Civic

Honda has released first images of its new Civic, which will arrive in Europe in autumn 2022.

New Honda Civic 2021The new model will use Honda’s e:HEV ‘self-charging’ hybrid system as its only powertrain, already seen in the latest Jazz, revised CR-V and forthcoming new HR-V, and Honda said the new model will deliver the “usability, comfort and visual appeal that the model is renowned for”.

More details will be revealed over the next 15 months in the run-up to the car’s arrival.

New Audis to be EV-only from 2026

Audi has confirmed that all its newly introduced models will be full electric-only from 2026, with the final combustion-engined models phased out by 2033.

The manufacturer will have more than 20 electric models in its line-up by 2025, and is about to add the Q4 e-tron SUV to its line-up.

“I don’t believe in the success of bans. I believe in the success of technology and innovation,” said Audi CEO Markus Duesmann. “With this roadmap, we are creating the clarity necessary to make a decisive and powerful transition to the electric age. We’re sending the signal that Audi is ready.”

Lengthened van replacement cycles leading to big mechanical failures

The lack of new vehicle supply and lengthened operating life caused by the pandemic are leading to a rise in major component failures for van operators, according to Fleetcheck.

Car servicingMechanical breakdowns are becoming more “commonplace”, according to the company, as vehicles head into a fifth or sixth year of operation, with gearbox, clutch and cambelts the most frequent major items to cause problems.

“These are expensive items for which few fleets will have budgeted,” said Fleetcheck managing director Peter Golding. “It’s not uncommon for vans for break the 100,000 mile mark during their operational life but we are seeing numbers running well beyond that point and it is a development resulting in mechanical failures that fleets don’t often experience.”

He said one tactic fleets can use to avoid potential problems is to deploy the older vehicles or those most likely to suffer mechanical problems in the lowest-stress situations.

“If you have a van that is six years old and has covered 150,000 miles, it is best used for light local duties than for ploughing up and down the motorway, adding another 1,000 miles every week,” Golding concluded. “Just making that kind of change can have a positive impact.”


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