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Afternoon round-up: New Duster, van values up, electric Mini


New Dacia Duster revealed

Renault’s budget sister brand Dacia has revealed the new Duster small SUV.New Dacia Duster 2017

Not arriving in the UK until next summer, the new model promises upgraded comfort through a redesigned higher-quality interior and new equipment which join the new and more modern looks.

Few details have been released so far, but Dacia has confirmed that it will have LED daytime running lights and 17-inch alloy wheels.

The new Duster will be unveiled in the metal at the Frankfurt motor show in September.

BCA: used LCV prices up in July

Average second-hand van prices increased by 1.4% (£94) in July, according to BCA Commercial Pulse volume records set in Julyauction firm BCA. Along with a nominal £2 increase on ex-fleet and lease values compared to June, July marks the third consecutive monthly rise for used LCV prices, while year-on-year values are up by 10.4% (£622).

“[The] results underline the intrinsic strength of the market and the demand from professional buyers for good quality commercial stock,” said BCA’s LCV Operations Director, Duncan Ward, “values remained firm at BCA with the growing volume of corporate stock helping to drive up the average sale price during the month.”

“While demand for larger panel vans was sometimes patchy, there was plenty of interest in any van with a good retail specification and in particular dropsides, tippers and Lutons were much sought after. The lifestyle/4×4 double cab market continues to experience price pressure, largely as a result of the increasing volumes in this sector – basic specification models are more price sensitive than the higher trim models, which the second owner much prefers.”

Mini previews new electric model

Mini has revealed a concept version of its forthcoming electric hatchback, aMini electric concept 2017 production version of which is due in 2019.

Also due to be unveiled at the Frankfrut motor show, the Mini Electric Concept “offers a thrilling preview of the all-electric production vehicle,” said BMW chairman Harald Kruger. “The systematic electrification of the brand and product portfolio is a mainstay of the BMW Group’s Number One > Next strategy.”

Details such as range and price have yet to be confirmed.