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Skoda launches Karoq SE Technology trim for fleet market

Skoda has launched a new SE Technology trim level with the Karoq SUV, specifically designed for the fleet market.

Skoda Karoq SE Technology 2018The model includes an infotainment system comprising satellite navigation, voice control, wifi and a smartphone connectivity system. Other additional equipment includes wireless device charging, the manufacturer’s Phone Box smartphone signal booster, front and rear parking sensors, a panoramic sunroof, LED daytime running lights and adaptive cruise control.

Skoda said the addition equipment is included at no extra cost above the existing, mid-level SE trim.

In SE Technology guise, the Karoq is available with two petrol engines with outputs ranging from 115hp to 150hp, and two diesel engines with between 115hp to 150hp.

All versions are available with the VW Group’s seven-speed DSG transmission as an option, and the 2.0 TDI diesel engine can be specified with four-wheel drive.

Certain used EVs increasing in value, says Cap HPI

Second-hand examples of plug-in vehicles are increasing in value, according to data specialist Cap HPI.

The organisation said that the Peugeot Ion (up 8.6% and £425), the Vauxhall Ampera (up 5.3% and £725) and the Nissan Leaf (up 4% and £456) had all increased in price, and claimed that year-old examples could be run for 12 months and sold on for a profit.

It added that used hybrids were also performing well, with the Toyota Yaris Hybrid appreciating by 2.6%/£292 on average and 0.7% or £178 for the Lexus GS Hybrid.

The company cited “a combination of factors including the rollout of clean air zones, cheaper running costs, increased charging points, incentives to drive and wider availability from manufacturers has helped pique interest in EVs.”

Chris Plumb, Black Book editor at cap hpi, said: “Sales continue to soar in the EV market as drivers have weighed up the benefits of ownership such as greatly reduced motoring costs and other incentives around driving an alternative to petrol or diesel.

“Our latest analysis shows that drivers who buy the right EV can still make money on a sale after running it for a year and adding 10,000 miles.

“This will be a major factor in persuading more drivers to go down the EV road. EVs and plug-in hybrids provide a good balance between range and efficiency plus the economic benefits for motorists can be enormous, offering big savings on fuel and tax costs as well as much lower maintenance costs.”

Mini names David George as new director

David George, director, Mini, 2018Mini has named David George as its new director, following former boss Chris Brownridge’s move to the role of sales director at BMW.

George (pictured), assumed the role on 25 January, and joined from Mercedes, where he was sales director and began his career at the Volkswagen Group in 2000.