BMW plans huge PHEV push in 2020
Plug-in hybrid models are set to form a huge part of BMW’s 2020 activities, with a “significant product offensive” well under way, according to fleet boss Rob East.
“There is massive customer acceptance of PHEV,” he said. “Supply is strong and customer demand is stronger than ever.”
Rob East (pictured right) described the new X5 45e PHEV as hitting “the absolute sweet spot” in terms of company car tax, as it qualifies for the 6% BiK band for cars registered from April 2020.
“Large SUVs have never been a natural choice for company cars, but they have also never been at 6% BiK,” he continued.
The X3 plug-in hybrid also arrives next spring, with the Touring version of the 330e following in the summer.
Seat expands Tarraco line-up
Seat has added a new front-drive automatic option to its Tarraco large SUV line-up.
The 150hp 1.5-litre petrol engine with seven-speed DSG automatic gearbox adds a new alternative, as the model has previously only been offered with front-drive manual or DSG auto in four-wheel drive form.
The emissions figure of 133g/km will rise to 164g/km with the change to the WLTP efficiency test regime in April, and compared with 137g/km for the manual model with the same engine. The auto costs an additional £1670 over the manual with the same engine, and is available with all four trim levels.
Urgent action call to cut at-work crashes
IAM Roadsmart has called for urgent action to tackle the number of people killed or injured in crashes involving at-work drivers, with the safety organisation claiming there has been a stagnation in the progress of incidents.
In its new white paper entitled The Role of Business Drivers, it demands that the Health and Safety Executive, drivers, their employers, Government and police all do more to address the lack of movement in fatal and serious injury crashes over the past decade.
Neil Greig, IAM RoadSmart director of policy and research, says in the report: “Employers need to do more to drive change across their workforce and to take their responsibilities to keep staff safe, particularly when they’re behind the wheel for business.”