Update for Fiat 500 family

The Fiat 500 hatchback, 500X crossover and 500L people carrier have been given a refresh for 2021, with new trim levels, colours and interior designs.

The Italian brand’s line-up now runs as Pop, Connect, Dolcevita, Cross and Sport trim levels, with the entry points for the three models now at £13,270 for the 500, £19,860 for the 500X and £18,030 for the 500L.

UK orders on the revised models open in early February.

Plan to end Cambridge, Luton and London EV charging ‘blackspots’

Five local authorities have combined with UK Power Networks to end what it described as EV charging blackspots in Cambridge, Norwich and Redbridge in London.

Charge Collective is a pilot programme from the UK’s biggest electricity network operator, and will collaborate with Cambridge City and Cambridgeshire Country Councils, Norwich City Council, Norfolk County Council and the London Borough of Redbridge, working to identify areas yet to install enough electric vehicle chargers and that would benefit from improved air quality. It will then hold a competition to incentivise investors to bid to install the priority charging points.

“Electricity networks have a key role in enabling the uptake of electric vehicles so that the country can meet its Net Zero commitments,” said UK Power Networks head of customer services and innovation Ian Cameron. “This project is going to help us discover how we can support our communities to get more charge points into areas that need them at the lowest cost to consumers, ensuring that nobody is left behind.”

BCA records record levels of Christmas business

BCA has reported record levels of activity between Christmas and new year as part of a 4.1% rise in average sale value for December.

BCA online sale 2021That figure, which equates to a lift of £324 per vehicle, was the highest monthly increase in more than a year, going back to September 2020, and the company reported an uptick in demand as lockdown restrictions were eased in December with month-on-month sold volumes rising.

With increased numbers of online auction and Bid Now/Buy Now sales over the festive period, BCA said sold volumes more than doubled during the festive period, with almost 2,300 customers purchasing. More than 5,000 bidders logged in across December.

Early signs are that the used market is coping well with the new January lockdown, according to the auction giant. “The market early in January 2021 has been surprisingly resilient considering that we’re in the thick of a third lockdown,” said BCA COO UK Remarketing Stuart Pearson”. Prices remain stable across most sectors which suggests supply and demand are well balanced and the used vehicle sector is adapting to the fast-moving trading conditions. A recent survey of our professional buyers suggests that the vast majority of dealers are using ‘click and collect’ and ‘home deliveries’ to meet the needs of their retail customers, ensuring that demand is maintained in the wholesale sector.”


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