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Round-Up: New DfT minister, C5 Aircross hybrid orders open, Match replaces SE trim on Polo

New DfT minister

Andrew Stephenson MP

Andrew Stephenson MP (pictured) has joined the Department for Transport as a Minister for State as part of the Government’s Cabinet Office reshuffle.

He joins as Rail Minister, taking over the brief from Chris Heaton-Harris, who remains as a Minister of State, while Future of Transport Minister George Freeman was sacked as part of the reshuffle.

Stephenson was previously the sectorial lead for the automotive industry as part of Minister for Business and Industry role.

It is not clear who will take over Freeman’s briefs, which included the Office of Low Emission Vehicles and decarbonisation, among others. A Number 10 spokeswoman told Company Car Today that appointments are still being made and briefs will be divided up once the reshuffle is complete.

Grant Shapps remain in post as Secretary of State for Transport.

C5 Aircross hybrid order books open

c5 aircross hybrid

Order books have opened for the Citroen C5 Aircross hybrid, with prices starting from £35,340, ahead of the first customer deliveries commencing in the middle of 2020.

It is powered by a 180hp petrol engine and an 80kW electric motor, which is combined with a new eight-speed automatic gearbox, to offer the equivalent of up to 225hp. The combined petrol engine and electric motor produces CO2 emissions of 32-33g/km and fuel efficiency of up to 168mpg on a combined cycle under the WLTP testing conditions, Citroen said.

Match replaces SE trim on Polo

Polo Match 1

Volkswagen has replaced the SE trim level with the Match trim on the firm’s Polo model.

VW said the Match adds 15-inch ‘Seyene’ alloy wheels, front fog lights, rear tinted-windows, and front and rear parking sensors – equipment which, if specified as options on the Polo SE, would cost £980.

As per the outgoing SE, the Polo Match gets two engine and gearbox configurations – all 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol units. The 80hp EVO engine is available with a five-speed manual, while the 95hp turbocharged unit can be combined with a five-speed manual or a seven-speed DSG transmission. WLTP-certified CO2 emissions are 125 – 139 g/km, while fuel economy on the combined WLTP cycle ranges from 42.8 to 51.4 mpg, VW added.

Polo Match prices start at £16,465 for the 80hp variant.