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Round-Up: Honda WLC calculator, Scala converted for blue light fleets, LCV market grows

Honda launches WLC calculator

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Honda has launched a whole life costs calculator in order to help fleets to compare its models to current vehicles and other manufacturers to predict real life savings.

The Japanese brand said the launch of the calculator is part of a push to engage more effectively with fleet customers, small businesses and end users and comes as part of a website revamp.

Honda said the new website aims to improve the customer experience for fleet managers and company car drivers, enabling them to more effectively judge vehicle costs and get closer to Honda’s growing range of fleet solutions.

Skoda modifies Scala for blue light fleets

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Skoda has modified its new Scala model for use by the emergency services.

Conversion options includes police, fire and rescue and ambulance variants and when fully converted the Scala features 360-degree visibility thanks LED signal lights built into the front screen, grille, tailgate and number plate along with a 100-amp three tone siren.

Henry Williams, head of fleet at Skoda UK, said: “Our partnership with emergency services teams stretches back over a century. It’s that extensive knowledge in the sector that make Skoda reliable partner for both technologically advanced cars and value for money, and Scala, our most connected car to date, more than fits the bill.”

Van registrations rise in July

2019 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter-3The number of vans registered in July increased by 11.0%, according to data released by the SMMT.

The SMMT said 25,862 vans were registered during the month, up from 23,309 in July 2018, with the SMMT claiming the market has grown in every month of 2019.

Growth in July was driven by demand for medium vans, weighing 2.0-2.5 tonnes, and large vans, weighing 2.5-3.5 tonnes, the segments rising 17.2% and 16.9% respectively. Meanwhile pickups, 4x4s and smaller vans weighing less than 2.0 tonnes all saw declines in the month.

In the year-to-date charts, the market is up 9.0%, the SMMT added.