Guard Mode introduced for Ford LCVs
Ford has introduced a Guard Mode for its light commercial vehicles. It allows operators to receive a notification via the FordPass Pro app if someone enters the vehicle or load compartment, opens the bonnet or starts the engine when the setting is activated, for example out of working hours. That includes if the vehicle is started with a key, giving an extra layer of security if the key is stolen or cloned. A forthcoming update to the app will allow users to schedule when the mode is set, rather than manually activating it.
“FordPass Pro and Guard Mode help owners protect their vehicles – and their businesses – by keeping them one step ahead of the criminals,” said Ford of Europe director, enterprise connectivity Mark Harvey. “And this is just the start. As all new vehicles now come connected, we see huge potential in developing additional security features to help our customers’ businesses thrive.”
New fleet boss for PSA
Peugeot, Citroen and DS fleet boss Martin Gurney is leaving the PSA Group to move to another unnamed company, and is to be replaced by current head of fleet operations Scott Westerby (pictured) , who steps up to the fleet and used car director role.
The move is one of several senior management changes at the company, with Peugeot managing director David Peel also leaving, to be replaced by Julie David, while PSA’s leasing arm Free2Move Lease also gets a new managing director, with DS marketing director Mark Blundell moving across to replace Mark Pickles, who becomes PSA director of parts and service.
Maxus launches 219-mile electric large van
Chinese brand Maxus has revealed its third electric van, with the eDeliver9 costing from £55,000 plus VAT, including the Government’s £8,000 electric van grant. The new model joins the smaller eDeliver3 and has an official range of up to 219 miles with the largest of the three battery options.
The eDeliver9 comes in medium and long wheelbase form, with 9.7m3 and 11.0m3 of load capacity respectively, and with a maximum payload of 1700kg. Crew cab, chassis cab and minibus versions will also be offered from the second quarter of the year.
“The eDELIVER 9, a complete new platform, perfectly illustrates MAXUS’ focus on diversification, customisation and reputation. Everything about this van is of superior quality and showcases what we at MAXUS are all about,” said Mark Barrett, GM of Harris Maxus. “We want to make choosing an electric vehicle as easy as possible for customers, whether they are shopping for one vehicle or an entire fleet for their business. The eDELIVER 9 has it all in terms of spec, space and is 100% electric.”