First fleet deal for Honda e
Honda has signed a deal to supply 30 of its new electric Honda e models to Chesterfield-based house-builder Avant Homes.
Leased though Lex Autolease, the cars have been acquired as part of the comap y’s commitment to meet prospective buyers by appointment only at their preferred location, whether that is at a development, their home or the workplace.
“We chose the Honda e so that we could not only provide our people with a state-of-the-art vehicle, but also minimise the environmental impact of the increased travel our sales team will be undertaking,” said Avant Homes chief executive officer, Colin Lewis. “The car’s contemporary and exciting design also appealed to us due to our desire to be a housebuilder that is different from the competition.”
Skoda adds 6% BiK Octavia PHEV
Skoda has confirmed that its new Octavia HEV will be one of the few models to hit the 6% BiK banding thanks to a range figure of up to 43 miles.
Offered in hatch or estate form and two trim levels, the Octavia iV starts from £30,765 and has emissions figures from 22g/km using the same 204hp combination of 1.4 petrol engine and 13kWh batter driving the 85kW motor as is the case in Skoda’s Seat Leon, Audi A3 and VW Golf plug-in hybrid siblings.
Polestar opens for shopping centre ‘Space’
Electric sporting premium brand Polestar has opened its first Polestar Space in the UK, with the site in Europe’s largest shopping centre at Westfield London deploying non-commission brand ambassadors that can help customers experience the vehicle and if required, aid the digital purchasing journey.
“The Polestar Space is our way of changing the face of automotive retail,” said Jonathan Goodman, Head of Polestar UK. “With no salespeople and no vehicles on the forecourt, there is no hard sell, no requirement to shift stock and an entirely customer-focussed journey. Visitors will define how much they interact with the exhibits, and Polestar Specialists will tailor their experience to the customer’s exact needs, not the brand’s.”