New tech for revised Volvo XC60
Volvo’s revised XC60 will arrive in the UK in June, gaining the company’s new Android-powered infotainment system as well as tweaks to the front and rear styling with a new front grille and air intakes, and new lower bumpers at both ends of the car, the rear one now hiding the exhaust pipes.
Wireless Apple CarPay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity and phone charging is now standard across the range, and combines with the Android infotainment system that includes Google Maps-based navigation, Google Assistant voice recognition and apps downloadable via the Google Play Store.
Ford launches Transit Smart Mirror
Ford is offering a new Smart Mirror system on its Transit and Transit Custom models, giving drivers visibility of what is behind them via a camera feeding images to a screen replicating a rear-view mirror.
Costing “close to” £675, the system is claimed to offer a field of vision twice that of a conventional rear-view mirror, and features brightness controls. It is compatible with full-size Transits built since 2014 and Transit Customer models from 2012, and can be fitted at any Ford dealer.
“Providing our drivers with maximum visibility – especially in urban areas where there is so much to look out for – increases their confidence and is a key part of making journeys safer for them, and for other road users as well”, said Owen Gregory, director, Commercial Vehicle Aftersales, Ford of Europe.
Renault appoints new fleet boss
Mark Hawkins has been appointed as the new fleet director of Renault, replacing Mark Dickens who moves to head up Elexent UK, the Renault-owned business dedicated to helping companies with charging solutions when they move to electric vehicles.
Hawkins has been with Renault for more than 27 years, most recently in the role of head of dealer network development and performance.