Round-Up: Ford Mondeo Hybrid estate, Used values hit record high, Three stars for Jimny

Ford Mondeo Hybrid estate to launch next year

Mondeo hybrid estate

Ford has announced it is to expand the line-up of its Mondeo estate upper medium vehicle with the addition of a hybrid powertrain.

Set to arrive in showrooms next year, the brand said the model “will deliver attractive fuel efficiency and CO2 emission performance, and a compelling alternative to diesel powertrains for customers.”

Pricing information and specification details will be revealed closer to the model’s on-sale date, Ford said, however, the saloon is equipped with the 187hp 2.0-litre petrol-electric unit.

In the saloon, the unit returns 58.6mpg and emits 108g/km of CO2, placing it in the 22% 2018/19 BIK tax band.

Average used fleet car values hit record levels

BCA Pulse record volumes drive the market in January

Average used car values were up 2.4% to £9697 in August according to remarketing giant BCA, the second highest average monthly figure on record. But values of fleet and lease vehicles were up to £11,223, £25 higher than the previous record set two months earlier and sit £689 or 6.5% up on August 2017.

Five-star Audi and VW, but three for Suzuki

Jimny crash

The latest EuroNCAP crash test results have awarded the maximum five stars to the new Audi A6 and Volkswagen Touareg. However, the new Suzuki Jimny was awarded
only three stars.

Michiel van Ratingen, secretary general of Euro NCAP, said: “Overall, these latest results demonstrate that, as Euro NCAP’s test protocols evolve and become more demanding, a 5-star rating remains an achievable although challenging objective for the auto industry. It is particularly positive and welcome that manufacturers are performing well in the assessment of vulnerable road user protection systems such as AEB for cyclists. Euro NCAP has now tested 6 models which feature this life saving technology. These driver assistance systems are the building blocks for potential automation in the future. Importantly they offer tangible safety benefits today.”