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Afternoon round-up: Latest NCAP crash tests, Porsche PHEV chauffeur trial, Budget deters diesel

Latest Euro NCAP crash test results 

Euro NCAP has published crash test results of eight new vehicles, the following seven of which achieved a full, five-star rating: the Mercedes X-Class pick-up, the Jaguar E-Pace (pictured), the DS 7 Crossback, the Porsche Cayenne, the BMW X3, the Subaru XV (the latter five are all SUVs), the Subaru Impreza and the Honda Civic hatchbacks. Jaguar E-PACE_R

The only model not to get the top rating was the Citroen e-Mehari, which received three stars due to its lack of driver assistance systems. However, it is not sold in the UK.

“As we approach the end of the year, Euro NCAP is preparing for the new tests in 2018, in which auto brake systems that can detect and mitigate cyclists will be put to the test for the first time,” Michiel van Ratingen, secretary general of Euro NCAP.

“These new tests and other planned updates will reflect the surge in automated vehicle functions that we expect to see on the market in the next years. Our mission is to help consumers understand how these systems operate, to show what they are capable of and to explain how one day these might save your life”.

Porsche kicks-off plug-in hybrid chauffeur service

Porsche is to begin a six-month trial of a plug-in hybrid chauffeur service in London. New_Porsche_Panamera_S_E_Hybrid_captoined

Operated via ride hailing company Gett, which is owned by Porsche’s parent company, the Volkswagen Group, the initiative will see 100 Cayenne and Panamera models offering current Porsche customers transport in Central London between Tuesday and Saturday. Journeys within Central London will cost a flat £20, while longer trips will be charged based on time and distance.

Drivers will have been trained at the Porsche Experience Centre at Silverstone.

CLM: drivers snub diesel after Budget

Drivers are less likely to opt for a diesel vehicle after last week’s Budget, according to research by CLM Fleet Management.

The company conducted a study of 250 drivers immediately after the Budget statement, in which 59% said they would be unlikely to choose a diesel as their next car due to the rise in VED.

When asked about the 1% benefit-in-kind levy on diesel cars, 62% said it would not affect their choice, but 30% said they would be more likely to opt for a plug-in hybrid car and 17% said they would be less likely to choose a diesel.

“We have already seen a steep decline in diesel sales this year as drivers have reacted to negative publicity around poor air quality and diesels and these latest announcements look set to accelerate that process,” said CLM managing director John Lawrence.

“However, there is a considerable irony here in that the current generation of Euro 6 emission level diesels are the cleanest diesels ever to hit our roads with lower levels of NOx, particulates and CO2 than ever before.

“The new generation of diesels, including those that meet the RDE2 standards, will be cleaner still, and we maintain that diesels, particularly in situations where long range driving is standard practice, still have a perfectly valid and acceptable role to play in the fleet mix for many companies.”