Ford axes Mondeo
Falling sales have led to Ford calling time on its Mondeo after nearly 30 years in production, with the final car being produced next March.
Over the past 20 years, the Mondeo has gone from a high of 21.4% of Ford’s UK sales to just 1.6% last year, with buyers moving to crossovers and SUVs such as the Kuga, which outsold the Mondeo by a factor of more than 17 in 2020.
The Galaxy and S-Max models built alongside the Kuga in Ford’s Valencia plant in Spain will continue in production, including the recently announced addition of a ‘self-charging’ hybrid powertrain.
The Spanish plant will be the first European plant to produce a volume all-electric model from 2023, with a second EV also under consideration.
New e-Niro claimed to be longest-range EV grant-eligible car
Kia has launched a lower-spec version of its e-Niro with the 64kWh battery pack, claiming its 282-mile official range figure is the best of any car eligible for the grant offered on cars under £35,000.
The new ‘2’ model costs £34,945 before the £2,500 grant, which was recently cut from £3,000 to £2,500 and the threshold for eligible cars cut from £50,000 to £35,000.
Kia claimed that the e-Niro was the UK’s best-selling electric vehicle over the first two months of 2021 accounting for almost 20% of EV registrations.
Peugeot has also joined Vauxhall and Citroen in cutting prices of an EV model to get below the new price boundary, with prices cut across the e-2008 model range. The bottom three of the five trim levels now get below the £35,000 mark.
Claims that rental firms charging for pre-existing damage
Data platform Zegami has claimed that only 20% of people collecting rented cars with existing damage had the vehicle’s condition picked up by the rental firm.
Research commissioned by the company of over 1,000 people by Consumer Intelligence found that in the past five years, 21% of people that renting a car found their vehicle was already damaged, but only 20% of them said the rental company informed them that they were aware of it. Zegami claimed that almost a million people have experienced rental firms attempting to charge them for pre-existing damage in the past five years.
“Car rental firms need to ensure they record any damage to vehicles before they are given to the next customers, and any new damage when vehicles are returned,” said Robert Pilkington, joint CEO at Ebbon Group, which has launched a new smart repair identification system with Zegami. “Without this, customer service levels are impaired, and it can also cost the car rental company a significant amount of money when that damage is missed”.