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New Astra debuts clearer Vauxhall trim line-up

The new Astra, which arrives in the UK early next year, will be the first model to be offered in Vauxhall’s revised and streamlined trim levels of Design, GS Line and Ultimate variants.

The revamped specification offering will be rolled out to existing Vauxhall models during 2022, replacing the current and more extensive trim line-up.

On the Astra, the entry Design trim will offer kit including 16-inch alloys, LED front and rear lights, 10-inch touchscreen and rear parking sensors, while GS Line adds 17-inch back alloys, black roof, keyless entry, heated seats and steering wheel, dual-zone climate and a raft of safety systems.

The top Ultimate trim brings 18-inch grey alloys, adaptive LED headlights, head-up display, semi-automated lane-change with adaptive cruise and lane positioning assist, wireless charging and Alcantara seats.

The Astra range kicks off from £23,275 for the 110hp petrol engine, with 130hp petrol, 130hp diesel and 180hp PHEV powertrains on offer.

Connected Kerb pledges 190,000 on-street chargers by 2030

A £1.9bn plan to install 190,000 public on-street EV charging points across the country by 2030 has been revealed by Connected Kerb.

The company described its plans as an “unprecedented roll-out” designed to provide charging for drivers without off-street parking. It has announced that it has secured partnerships for 10,000 chargers across the UK this year, the majority of which will be deployed across Kent and Sussex, and Connected Kerb said it expected to add another 30,000 points in 2022.

The tender win in West Sussex will mean 10,000 chargers being installed on streets, in public sector car parks and at community facilities across the county by 2030, while 600 chargers will be installed in Kent by 2023. Other tender wins announced by Connected Kerb include 360 in Cambridge, 300 in Coventry and 100 in Plymouth.

Road safety data dashboard launched by Teletrac Navman

A new interactive dashboard assimilating the latest Department for Transport data regarding road casualties in Great Britain has been launched by Teletrac Navman.

The free online tool allows users to access data and insight into road accidents and what influences road safety in order to adjust their operating policies.

Data includes lighting and road conditions, level of speed and time of day, as well as different road types.

“We thrive on turning data into actionable insights so that fleet operators can make fast decisions to improve their businesses and the industry as a whole,” said Teletrac Navman UK marketing director Peter Millichap. “We believe that post-pandemic monitoring could be the key to improving the safety of all road users now and in the future.”

First pictures: New Vauxhall Astra