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Afternoon round-up: call for lower repair costs, plug-in vehicle guide, more kit for Mazda 2

Thatcham calls for lower repair costs

UK safety body Thatcham has called for vehicle manufacturers to “engage with the repair industry” to halt the rising cost of repairs. It said the average bill is now £1,678 and concerns were growing about the cost of fixing complex driving aid systems.

“The average repair bill has risen by 32% over the last three years,” said Thatcham CEO, Peter Shaw, “this has been driven by the reparability of parts such as headlamps, increasing complexity of vehicle materials and technology and the rising cost of spare parts, influenced to some extent by currency fluctuations. Vehicle manufacturers must bring these costs under control.

“The cost for windscreen mounted ADAS (Advanced Driver Assistance Systems) calibration spans from £0 to £700 – across car manufacturers and often across similar sensors and technology.

“This is unacceptable. Unless urgently addressed, these costs will challenge the current model of a no-claims bonus being unaffected by a windscreen repair or replacement.”

Venson launches EV guide for company car drivers

Plug-in car electric vehicle 2017Leasing and fleet management company Venson has published a plug-in vehicle guide for company car drivers, following a survey in which it claimed that up to 41% of drivers said their lack of knowledge about plug-in vehicles meant they were less likely to consider them.

Click here to download the guide.

“It became apparent that although there is a raft of information available about EVs, typically it is targeted at the fleet decision/policy maker not at the driver,” said Venson’s marketing director, Alison Bell, “our guide aims to answer key questions and dispel some of the myths that have been a barrier to drivers considering a plug-in car.”

Mazda 2 Tech Edition adds more equipment

Mazda2 Tech Edition 2017Mazda has launched the Tech Edition version of its 2 supermini. On sale from July, it is based on the 90hp 1.5-litre SE-L Nav model, costs £14,995 (£300 more than the SE-L Nav) and adds extra equipment including 16-inch alloy wheels, rear parking sensors, privacy glass, climate control, automatic lights and rain-sensing wipers.

The choice of one of three colours that normally incur a cost option are also included, and Tech Edition models are limited to 750 in the UK.