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Citroen Ami confirmed for UK in 2022, Used car market to move to ‘another level’, Hybrid working increases unpredictability

Citroen Ami confirmed for UK in 2022

Citroen’s baby electric Ami city car has been confirmed for UK arrival in spring 2022, although the price is yet to be confirmed.

Expected to cost less than £7000, the two-seat Ami has an official range of 46 miles and 28mph top speed, and will require a full UK driving licence, rather than the motorcycle licence it can be driven on in some other countries.

The company has taken 12,000 online expressions of interest since the car was unveiled in 2020, and is allowing those people first chance to put down a £250 deposit before the order bank is opened up to general sale on Monday 27 September.

The Ami will only be sold in left-hand drive, and at just 2.41 metres long with an excellent turning circle is designed for urban environments

With cities and urban areas introducing stricter limits for vehicles, and people demanding new mobility solutions, AMI shows once again how Citroën is adapting to meet the demands of the times,” said Citroen UK managing director Eurig Druce. “Citroën AMI is a new all-electric mobility solution for the UK that’s totally unique – fun, exciting and accessible to all.”

Used car values to move to ‘another level’ despite record result: BCA

The average value of used cars sold by BCA last month passed the £10,000 barrier for the first time in the company’s history as used values continue to flourish mainly as a result of the lack of new car supply.

It’s the third consecutive record month recorded by the auction giant, and sees average prices more than £2000 higher than the £8046 reported in August 2020.

“The current dynamics seen in the used vehicle sector are very much amplified by challenges around new car supply, and we’ve seen high levels of buying activity from the franchised dealer sector at a time when traditionally they would have been focussed on the preparing for the new plate change,” said COO BCA UK Stuart Pearson. “Buyers are also diversifying to make the most of the current retail activity levels and their purchasing is rippling through the whole value chain.

“Looking at the value progression across the used car sector during August and into the first few weeks of September, average values are likely to shift to another new level that probably once didn’t seem possible.  In all likelihood there will be no letting up for some months to come,” he concluded.

Meanwhile, light commercial vehicle values also remained strong, recording the third-highest monthly average on record at £9874 in August, with values 3.3% above guide expectations.

Hybrid working to end rush-hour but increase unpredictability

The move to a hybrid office-home working structure could end the traditional rush-hour peak traffic spots of 6-9am and 4-6.30pm, according to vehicle subscription company Wagonex.

The company warned that traffic congestion and passenger surges on rail and bus routes could happen at different times of day or different days of the week, making it harder to plan journeys.

“There are huge benefits to hybrid working. Individuals will be able to achieve a better work/life balance and businesses will have happier, more productive staff.  With fewer people traveling to offices there could also be an environmental benefit and improvements in air quality,” said Wagonex CEO Toby Kernon. “But one big downside is that life could well become even tougher for commuters. If employees can choose on which days they go to the office and have more flexibility in their working hours, it will become incredibly difficult to predict when and where travel peaks will occur.”

 

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