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Round-up: EVs added to car club; Seat Aronas to MNDA; Cazana questions price drop claims

EVs added to Bristol car club

Co-wheels launches electric fleet for hire in BristolCar club Co-wheels is now offering Renault Zoe electric cars from nine locations around Bristol, following funding from a European Union research project.

The 10 pay-as-you-go vehicles gained the funding as part of the Replicate research project to encourage local people to try the latest energy, mobiity and technology.

“The electric vehicles will help us to reduce the impact of the city’s current transport system and improve air quality, as no carbon emissions are produced and many car club members choose to give up owning a car,” said councillor Kye Dudd, cabinet member for transport and energy at Bristol City Council.



Seat SUV signs on to help motor neurone charity

Phil Day, facilities manager, Motor Neurone Disease AssociationThe Motor Neurone Disease Association has taken on 26 new Seat Arona crossover models, with the charity citing competitive cost of ownership, safety features and company reputation for quality that belies the price tag as the key reasons behind the decision.

“From the get-go, the SEAT Fleet team was passionate about helping support our fleet; trying to understand the charity to tailor their offering,” said MND Association facilities manager Phil Day (pictured far right). The Arona FR is a strong proposition already, but that dedication to customer service went above and beyond to seal the deal.”



Cazana questions rival valuations providers’ price drop claims

Rupert Pontin Cazana 2017Cazana’s director of valuations Rupert Pontin (pictured right) has questioned rival firm’s claims that used car values have dropped significantly in recent weeks, despite retail confidence weakening. “Using retail-driven insight, it is clear that April’s retail used car prices market-wide have not dropped in the way that has been reported by some valuations providers,” said Pontin. “There is no evidence of retail pricing falling away significantly as far as our data indicates.

“There is no doubt that the used car market is under a little pressure and there are concerns over supply, and subsequently prices for certain cars, but it would be wrong to say that the April used car market was in trouble,” he continued.