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Round-Up: Alison Jones moves from VW to PSA, Audi teases next EV, Motorists driving fewer miles?

Alison Jones moves from VW to PSA

Alison Jones

Alison Jones has been named as the new boss of Citroen, DS and Peugeot in the UK as of 1 April 2019.

She will join the French brands from Volkswagen where her most recent position has been director of passenger cars in the UK and will take over from Stéphane Le Guével who is being promoted to another role within the PSA group.

Jones said: “I am delighted to be joining Groupe PSA.  They are a progressive organisation in strategic thinking, products, services, and investments, determined to drive improving profitability, growth and customer service.  This makes them well placed to both handle the challenges that our industry faces as well as capitalise on the opportunities, and I am excited by that potential and my new role within that.”

Audi teases next EV

Audi q4 e-tron concept

Audi has teased the concept car which previews its next fully-electric model ahead of the vehicle’s unveiling at the Geneva motor show next month.

Called the Q4 E-Tron concept, the German brand said the vehicle “provides a glimpse of the next stage of Audi electric mobility and is due to be presented as a volume-production vehicle in late 2020/early 2021.”

Motorists driving fewer miles?

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UK motorists are driving 21% fewer miles than they did a decade ago, automotive data company Cap HPI has suggested, after it compared average mileage figures from used cars.

It said the mileage of an average used car aged between 2.5 to 3.5 years old has dropped from 39,583 miles in 2008 to 31,199 in 2018 in the last 10 years, while the average mileage figure of older cars aged from 4.5 to 5.5 years old fell from 62,504 in 2008 to 55,824 in 2018, a fall of 10.6%.

Derren Martin, head of UK valuations at Cap HPI, said: “There will be a number of factors driving this trend. The rise of buyers using personal contract purchase and personal contract hire to finance their car will constrict motorists who seek to balance mileage with affordability. Equally, as Britain’s roads have become more congested it has an impact on the distances and regularity that people drive.”