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VW Transporter tops van desirability index

The Volkswagen Transporter has topped Aston Barclay’s first van desirability index, measuring the popularity of used light commercial vehicles at auction.

The Iveco Daily was second, well ahead of the Toyota Hilux, Ford Transit Custom and Ford Fiesta Van that rounded out the top five.

The data takes into account the metrics of web views prior to sale, number of physical and online bids per sale and price achieved as a percentage of Cap average value.

“The used van market has risen by 48.3% since Q1 2020 which represents a price increase of £2,381,” said Geoff Flood, Aston Barclay’s LCV national sales manager. “Aside from price, we thought it would be good to see what make and model of vans are most popular at auction. Ford, Mercedes and Volkswagen all appear on our list, while the Iveco Daily was the only heavy weight van that featured in the top 25.”

Fuel prices hit eight-year high

Nine straight months of rises have seen petrol prices hit an eight-year high, according to the RAC, which found that petrol and diesel rose by 3.4p and 2.7p respectively in July.

For petrol, that was the largest monthly rise since January, and took petrol to the highest price since September 2013 at an average of 135.13p per litre, while diesel is at a seven-year high of 137.06p. A driver filling a 55-litre tank with petrol will pay £11.47 more than they did 12 months ago.

“Right now it’s hard to see what it will take for prices to start falling again. While we’re not past the pandemic by any means, demand for oil is likely to continue to increase as economic activity picks up again, and this is likely to have the effect of pushing up wholesale fuel prices, costs which retailers are bound to pass on at the pumps,” said RAC fuel spokesperson Simon Williams. “Unless major oil producing nations decide a new strategy to increase output, we could very well see forecourt prices going even higher towards the end of the summer.”

Public charge points up by 1500 in Q2

The number of public EV charge points in the UK rose by 1584 in the second quarter of this year, including 292 new rapid charge devices, according to the latest Government figures released by the Department for Transport.

Wales saw the highest rise in number of rapid charge points, although it is still has a low rapid charge provision at 4.4 devices per 100,000 people, compared to 12.0 in Scotland. The West Midlands welcomed another 272 devices of all power, 160 of which were in Coventry, and now has 27 devices per 100,000 people, compared with London, which leads on 83. Northern Ireland is the least well-equipped area in the UK, with 17 points, and just 1.1 rapid charge point, per 100,000 people.

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