Round-Up: C5 Aircross prices, Chargers added to Google Maps, Brankin named as new Ford sales boss

Citroen confirms C5 Aircross prices

CCT100 Most Exciting New Car of 2018 Citroen C5 Aircross - Image 2

Citroen has confirmed its C5 Aircross will cost from £23,225 ahead of the vehicle arriving in early February 2019.

The entry-level model is powered by a  1.2-litre engine that emits 121g/km of CO2, while a 1.5-litre diesel engine (with the same power output) is also offered, although it offers lower emissions, at 107g/km.

Three trim levels are offered – Feel, Flair and Flair Plus. Standard kit includes a 12.3-inch digital instrument panel and an eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system. Other notable standard equipment includes a wireless mobile phone charger and a parking camera.

Safety kit, meanwhile, includes Advanced Active Safety Brake, Active Lane Departure Warning and Active Blind Spot Monitoring.

Charging points added to Google Maps

Google has announced it has added charging point data to its Maps service and app “so you can be confident that your car will be charged and ready for your ride, wherever you’re headed”.

The American technology giant said its mapping service will show Chargemaster, Pod Point and Tesla Superchargers in the UK at present with a spokesman for the brand telling CCT there are no plans to add locations of other operators points at present. However, CCT found that other operators are showing up on the Apple app.

To find charging points, you need to search keywords such as ‘EV charging’ ‘EV chargers’ and the app will display information about points that are near you.

“To help you make a quick decision about which station to use, we’ll show you information about the business where the station is located, the types of ports available, charging speeds, and how many ports there are. You’ll also see information about the station from drivers, including photos, ratings, reviews and questions,” Google said.

At present, the feature only works with the Google Maps app on Android and iOS with desktop support launching in the “coming weeks.”

Brankin named as new Ford sales director

Lisa Brankin, director, Sales, Ford of Britain

Lisa Brankin has been named as Ford’s new director of sales.

Brankin, currently director of marketing at the brand, will take over from Kevin Griffin in the new year as he is retiring.

“Lisa has shown great leadership as our marketing lead in the U.K. over the past three years, and I know she is the right person to take on the challenges and opportunities on the sales front in what is Ford’s largest market in Europe,” said Andy Barratt, managing director of Ford.