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Round-up: New Ssangyong MD, Government mulls lorry pay-per-mile, VW Tiguan Allspace priced


New Ssangyong MD named

Nick Laird has been named as the new Ssangyong managing director with immediate effect.

Laird was acting managing director of the Korean brand, having taken over from Paul Williams, who resigned in September 2017. Williams was at the helm of Ssangyong for six years.

“We have ambitious plans for the future, so this is a genuinely exciting time for the brand in the UK.  With an array of versatile and quality products on the way, I’m confident that SsangYong will grow substantially in the coming years,” Laird said.

Government looks at pay-per-mile for lorries

The Government is considering charging lorry drivers in order to reduce congestion and emissions.

Money raised from the scheme could also be used to pay for the upkeep of the country’s roads.

Critics of the scheme suggest the Government is looking to introduce the charges to make up for lost revenue from fuel duty as drivers increasingly switch to electric vehicles.

Others have suggested this is the first step in road pricing for all vehicle categories, however, Christ Grayling, the current transport secretary, said there are no plans to introduce road tolling in the “foreseeable future.”

Larger VW Tiguan priced from £29,270

Volkswagen has confirmed its Tiguan Allspace model costs from £29,370.

2018 VW Tiguan Allspace rear seatsThe lengthened SUV, which can seat seven people, has an increased luggage capacity of 85 litres over the regular Tiguan, while the middle row of seats can be moved by 180mm and can also fold flat, increasing versatilely.

Three trim levels are offered – SE Navigation, SEL and R-Line – while engine choices are similar to that of that of the regular Tiguan. The UK line-up consists of two petrol units (150hp 1.4-litre and 2.0-litre 180hp) and a diesel unit with three power options – 150hp, 190hp and 240hp.