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Round-Up: 75% of vehicles meet ULEZ standards, Touareg added to 48-hour test-drive list, Outlander PHEV van on sale now

75% of vehicles meet ULEZ standards

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Just over three-quarters of vehicles entering London’s Ultra-Low Emission Zone meet the standards required to avoid a surcharge six months after its introduction, according to statistics released by the mayor of London.

In total, 77% of vehicles now in the zone now meet the ULEZ emissions standards, up from 39% recorded in February 2017 and 61% in March 2019, while the mayor’s office said there was a reduction in traffic flows in central London in May and September of between 3% and 9% when compared to 2018, indicating the ULEZ in encouraging people to switch to walking, cycling or using public transport.

Alex Williams, Transport for London’s director of city planning, said: “The introduction of the ULEZ this year was a significant moment for Londoners’ health, as the evidence of its first six months clearly shows. Nearly four out of every five vehicles now entering the zone meets the tough emissions standards, reducing harmful NO2 pollution by almost a third. The early evidence suggests that the ULEZ is not only encouraging people to use cleaner cars, but also to use more sustainable alternatives such as walking, cycling and public transport. The ULEZ is also helping to reduce its impact on climate change – with an estimated reduction of road-based carbon dioxide by nearly 100,000 tonnes.”

Touareg added to 48-hour test-drive list

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Volkswagen has extended its 48-hour test drive offering to include the Touareg SUV.

The SUV becomes the second model to benefit from Volkswagen’s 48-hour test drive campaign, joining the e-Golf in the programme which allows customers to trial the firm’s models more thoroughly than traditional, shorter test drives.

Brian Luckie, Touareg product manager at Volkswagen UK, said: “By giving customers the opportunity to live with a Touareg for two whole days, we’re hoping they will get to bond with our flagship car. We’re confident that once the 48 hours are over and the car is returned, customers will be convinced by its skillset.”

Outlander PHEV van on sale now

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Mitsubishi has confirmed its latest Outland PHEV commercial vehicle – the Reflex – has gone on sale and is priced from £24,298, including the Government’s Plug-In Van Grant.

Standard specification includes alloy wheels, rear spoiler, rear parking sensors, automatic headlamps, rain-sensing wipers, heated front seats, DAB radio, Keyless Operation System and a dual-zone climate control system which can be programmed to warm/defrost or cool the van in advance of a journey.