Afternoon round-up: Moia ridesharing car, call for clarity on air quality, Insignia GSi prices


VW Group launches MOIA ridesharing concept car

Moia – a mobility company launched by the Volkswagen Group – has revealed an electric concept car designed specifically for ridesharing purposes. Moia concept car 2017

Known simply as the Moia car, the vehicle can accommodate six passengers and is fitted with wifi and seats with reading lights and usb ports.

It is said to have an electric range of 300kms (186 miles) and is due to be officially launched at the end of 2018, while the VW Group claims it will be able to gear up for production for the model in 10 months.

Mercedes-Benz vans: LCV operators call for clarity on clean air zones

A total of 78% of van operators and drivers are unaware of impending clean air zones due to come into force across the UK, according to research by Mercedes-Benz vans.

The manufacturer surveyed 2,000 van drivers, owners, operators and fleet managers as part of its Business Baraometer, which also revealed that 41% believed the clean air zones due to be implemented in Birmingham, Leeds, Nottingham, Derby and Southampton by the end of 2019 could have a negative impact on their business.

“It speaks volumes that business owners and van operators don’t see clearly when it comes to clean air; the communication about this topic simply hasn’t reached this important section of industry,” said Steve Bridge, managing director of Mercedes-Benz Vans UK.

“Clean Air Zones undoubtedly have a positive impact on the environment and our health, but equally, business owners need to know the impact these Zones will have on them too – forewarned is forearmed so they can prepare accordingly. To not have clear plans in place that are communicated effectively is doing a disservice to the hardworking business community.”

Vauxhall announces prices for Insignia GSi

Vauxhall has confirmed that the flagship performance version of its upper medium Insignia will start from £33,375 when it goes on sale in March 2018. Vauxhall Insignia GSi

Also available in Sports Tourer estate guise (which will cost from £34,875) it will be available with a 260hp 2.0-litre petrol engine and as a 210hp BiTurbo diesel, both with an eight-speed automatic transmission.

Emissions start at 192g/km for the upper medium diesel model and the fastest version of the GSi will be capable of 0-60mph in 6.9 seconds.