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Afternoon round-up: Honda Jazz pricing, new breakdown service launched, extra for VW Passat


New Honda Jazz prices confirmed

Honda has confirmed prices start from £14,115 for the 2018 Jazz supermini.

2018 Honda Jazz rearFirst deliveries are due to commence next month, and entry-level models are powered by the firm’s 102hp 1.3-litre petrol unit.

Three trim levels are offered. Standard equipment includes air-con, cruise control and dusk-sensing automatic lights, while the mid-grade SE model adds front and rear parking sensors and 15-inch alloy wheels.

Top spec EX models, meanwhile, come with automatic climate control, a reversing camera, 16-inch alloys and LED headlights on top of the equipment mentioned above.

“The Jazz is a very important model for us, with an extremely loyal following, so we look forward to seeing this success continue with the new line up,” said Phil Webb, head of car at Honda UK.

WMS Group launches breakdown assistance service

Warranty provider WMS Group has expanded to offer a breakdown service.

According to the company, it has a fleet of more than 3,000 recovery vehicles, with its breakdown offering including cover for misfuelling, key assist and flat tyres as standard with no additional call-out charges.

“Unlike other providers, our first priority is customer safety. We will ensure that the driver and their passengers are in a safe location away from the road, also taking into account any medical conditions and arranging help where required,” said Rajiv Kapoor, head of operations at the company. “Following that, our mechanically trained call handlers will be able to obtain the exact cause of the failure by asking the customer a series of questions. This enables us to send the right vehicle and equipment from our approved VRO network, therefore minimising downtime and inconvenience for the customer.”

Extra equipment added to VW Passat

Volkswagen has added extra equipment to its Passat upper medium model.

LED headlights are now standard on SE Business, GT and Alltrack trim levels, while the top-of-the-range R-Line models feature enhanced LED headlights.

Every model also comes with the firm’s App-Connect system as standard, which allows smartphone screens to be shown on the Passat’s infotainment screen, which allows music to be played through the car, while text messages can be read out and dictated on the move.

SE Business models also benefit from the addition of separate climate control functions and a multi-function display. According to VW, the new SE Business model has £1,955 worth of extra kit compared with the previous model, with a £550 price increase.