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Round-Up: E-tron marks new era for Audi, Citroen fleet arm revamp, ACFO disappointed at BVRLA

First full EV marks a ‘new era’ for Audi

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Audi has revealed its first fully electric model, with the e-tron SUV “perfectly placed to make the transition to fully electric driving as seamless as possible”, according to the brand. 

The four-wheel-drive e-tron, which arrives next spring with a price tag of £70,805, before the £4500 Government grant, has an official range figure of 248 miles, and the dimensions land the car between the brand’s Q5 and Q7 SUVs. It also has a hefty 660-litre boot. 

The car will be the first Audi where, from mid-2019, certain features will be able to be upgraded online at customer request. 

Citroen to completely re-organise its Business Centre network

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Citroen is to cut its fleet and commercial vehicle Business Centre network from the current 65 to nearer 40 and then introduce a “Business Centre-lite” sub-network in a bid to improve fleet and commercial vehicle sales to SME businesses, according to new UK boss Karl Howkins.

The new smaller network of full-fat Business Centres will use the new ‘La Manufacture Citroen’ design in dealerships.

Citroen sales are split 51% fleet and 49% retail, however, Howkins hopes to increase both Motability and SME sales, but remains firm in his commitment not to get involved in unprofitable fast-turn registrations that will harm residual values.

ACFO ‘disappointed’ at BVRLA move

Car fleet operators’ association ACFO has said it is “surprised and disappointed” at the British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association’s announcement that it will accept membership from larger car, van and truck fleets in 2019.

ACFO chairman John Pryor also pointed out that the BVRLA’s attempt to represent both leasing and rental companies and their fleet operator customer is likely to prove problematic. “ACFO can see that, at times, there is bound to be conflict when an organisation attempts to represent both suppliers and customers in the same industry” said ACFO chairman John Pryor.

The BVRLA’s chairman Gerry Keaney said: “Our members agree that it is a natural organic evolution to invite fleet operators to join the BVRLA.”

 

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