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Round-Up: Mild hybrids for S90/V90, VWCV offers ‘care package’, Latest AFRs released

Mild hybrids for S90/V90

Volvo V90 Facelift 2020

Volvo is now offering mild-hybrid powertrains on its S90 saloon and V90 estate models as part of a range refresh.

Introduced on the XC90 and XC60 SUVs last year, the mild hybrids are now also available on all other 90 and 60 series cars, as well as on the XC40.

Volvo said its 14V mild hybrids offer drivers up to 15% fuel savings and emission reductions in real-world driving, adding the brake-by-wire system interacts with the energy recovery system and reduces fuel consumption and emissions by recovering kinetic energy under braking.

Pricing details and an on-sale date are yet to be confirmed.

VWCV offers ‘care package’

VW amarok

Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles has announced it is to offer a free four-year care package for Transporter 6.1 and Amarok owners in 2020.

VW said the deal includes four free services (two interim, two major, plus an MOT),  a four-year warranty and four years of roadside assistance on the models.

Both retail outright purchase and Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles Financial Services customers are eligible for the offers which are running at participating dealers until the end of March 2020, VW said.

Tom MacIntyre, Brand Manager for Volkswagen Commercial Vehicle Financial Services, said: “We are delighted to offer customers of the exciting new T6.1 model and the award-winning Amarok this comprehensive care package. It gives our customers total peace of mind when it comes to maintenance, ensures they avoid unexpected costs and keeps their vans on the road for four years. Furthermore, the loyalty bonus is just one more way that we’re committed to Working With You in 2020 and beyond.”

Latest AFRs released

Fuel pump

HMRC has released its latest Advisory Fuel Rates ahead of them coming into force on from 1 March.

The rate for diesel car with an engine size of more than 2,000cc has been reduced by 1p per mile to 13ppm, while the rate for a petrol car with an engine size of 2,000cc or more has been cut to 20ppm.

All other rates – including the advisory electricity rate – remain unchanged.