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Round-Up: New Audi PHEVs; Hyundai N-Line engine line-up extended; Jaama eSignature module

Audi to launch four PHEV models in 2019

Audi is to introduce plug-in hybrid versions of its A6, A7, A8 and Q5 models during 2019, with all bar the A8 luxury saloon being offered with a choice of two different outputs and a pair of trim levels.

Audi Q5, A6, A7 und A8 PHEV models - image 2Range and emissions figures have not yet been revealed, but the brand confirmed that all will be over 25 miles according to the WLTP test cycle, which should put them in the 16% company car BiK band.

The cars will all mate the electric motor with a petrol engine, a 3.0-litre in the A8 and 2.0-litre for the other models, and be branded TFSI e. The previous e-tron plug-in hybrid branding used on the A3 and Q7 PHEVs will now be reserved for full electric models.

The new plug-in hybrids follow on from Audi’s first full electric model, the e-tron SUV, which launches imminently in the UK, costing from £71,490.


Hyundai extends its N-Line engine line up

Hyundai i30N-Line - image 1 - 2019Hyundai has added a new 120hp 1.0-litre petrol engine to the i30’s N-Line trim level. The sports-styled trim was previously only available on the 140hp 1.4 petrol engine, but as the lower-powered unit accounts for two-thirds of i30 petrol sales, it has now been added.

“With the identity of the N Line range already established in the i30 range, the introduction of the 1.0 120 PS engine is the natural next step,” said Ashley Andrew, Managing Director of Hyundai Motor UK. “This engine accounts for over 65% of petrol engine sales in the i30 range and with a clear market demand for smaller capacity engines combined with a sports focused trim, we have high expectations for this new N Line model.”


New Jaama module aids moves towards paperless office

Martin Evans, managing director, JaamaJaama has claimed its new eSigniture Module is a step towards the paperless office, enabling documents to be sent, electronically singed and instantly returned back into the system, with new vehicle driver handovers and daily rental agreements being examples of where the company says processes can be streamlined.

“eSignature is designed to instantaneously get valuable information back into Key2, reduce the administrative burden and help the environment by reducing paper usage,” said Martin Evans (pictured), managing director of Jaama.