Citroen e-Spacetourer range revamps to duck below EV grant
Citroen has made changes to its e-Spacetourer large MPV line-up to get the big nine-seater below the Government’s £35,000 EV grant threshold price level, cutting the price by £14,000 on the cheapest model.
The e-SpaceTourer range now consists of Flair and Business Edition, rather than Feel and Business, with the £34,440 Business Edition now qualifying for a £2,500 grant. The Flair model costs £47,540, and the pair replace the previous line-up of £48,560 Business and £49,210 Feel models.
The Business Edition gets the nine-seat layout in three rows of three, while the Flair has a pair of front seats, as well as a raft of extra specification.
The e-Spacetourer has a 50kW battery, giving it an official range figure of up to 143 miles on a charge. It can be charged to 80% in 30 minutes at a 100kW rapid-charge point, and is offered in the Spacetourer’s medium body length.
Price cuts and line-up changes for VW ID.3
Volkswagen has reshaped the line-ups on its pair of new electric models, with price cuts for the ID.3 and both the hatch and its ID.4 crossover sibling now offered with configurable trim levels with options packs rather than the previous approach of set specifications aimed at differing customers.
The ID.3 sees the bigger change, with the Family Pro and Family Pro Performance models getting a £3000 price cut that drops them below the £35,000 point, making them eligible for the Government’s £2500 EV grant, while the high-spec Max and Tour models are down by £3800 to take them under £40,000.
Business and Tech models have been dropped as part of the revamp, and VW said six models are now eligible for the plug-in car grant.
“We strive to continue to make e-mobility straightforward and affordable for everyone,” said VW UK director Andrew Savvas. “These changes to the ID.3 and ID.4 order process, and our pricing update for the ID.3, together demonstrate our commitment to that promise.”
Supply issues squeezing new car sales recovery
The worldwide semiconductor shortage in car manufacturing cost the UK new car market around 9000 sales over the second quarter of this year, according to the latest figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders.
In total, 186,128 new cars were registered in June 2021, compared with 145,377 in the same month of 2020, just as the country was emerging from the first lockdown. Over the first half of 2021, the figure is at 909,973, 39.2% up on the lockdown-influenced first half of 2020.
Battery electric vehicles accounted for more than 10% of sales in June, with plug-in hybrids taking a further 6.5%, while diesels accounted for 14.2% of the market, petrol models 59.9% and hybrids 8.7%.
The SMMT said private buying numbers were “subdued compared to large fleets”, reflecting an ongoing trend so far this year.
The semiconductor shortages arising from Covid-constrained output globally are affecting vehicle production, disrupting supply on certain models and restricting the automotive recovery,” said SMMT chief executive Mike Hawes. “With the end of domestic restrictions later this month looking more likely, business and consumer optimism should improve further, fuelling increased spending, especially as the industry looks towards September and advanced orders for the next plate change.”