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Round-Up: Facelifted Passat shown, Hyundai teases new model, Mobile servicing ‘saves firms £1.1m’

Facelifted Passat shown

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Volkswagen has updated its Passat upper medium model, which the German firm claimed is the best-selling mid-size model in the world.

It is now being offered with LED lights as standard, while it is also the first Volkswagen to be fitted with Travel Assist – a system that allows the car to be driven at up to 130 mph – where legal – in a partially automated mode.

VW said it combines the latest version of Adaptive Cruise Control which can adjust the speed including temporary speed-limits as well as slowing for junctions and corners and is led by information from road sign recognition and GPS.

Until a 150hp 1.5-litre petrol engine arrives, the model’s engine line-up consists of 2.0-litre powertrains and a single 1.6-litre unit. Diesel options comprise a 120hp 1.6-litre engine and a 190hp 2.0-litre engine, while the petrol option is a 190hp 2.0-litre unit.

Prices start from £27,630.

Hyundai teases new model

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Hyundai has teased a new model ahead of its unveiling at the Frankfurt motor show in September.

According to the Korean brand, the newcomer “will offer customers new exterior and interior design, as well as new connectivity and safety features which will make it a leader in its class.”

Mobile servicing options ‘saves fleets £1.1m a year’

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Mobile servicing options is saving businesses £1.1 million a year, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles said.

The firm said time off the road costs businesses up to £500 per van, per day, however, it said its mobile service clinics able to significantly reduce or eliminate these costs by removing the need for vehicles to spend a day booked in for scheduled maintenance.

Technicians carried out 10,000 jobs at more than 4,000 different locations last year, saving fleets a combined 10 years of vehicle downtime, it added, while it also claimed that 71% of van drivers find the offering an attractive option, with London-based firms most likely to make use of the service.