Round-Up: Overhaul safety policies, says IAM, UKCoTY 2019 shortlist revealed, Facelifted ASX to debut at Geneva

IAM calls for fleets to overhaul road safety policies

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Road safety charity IAM Roadsmart has called on fleets to overhaul their road safety policies in order to tackle the issue of distracted drivers.

IAM Roadsmart blamed a rise of drivers being distracted on ‘nomophobia’ – the fear of being out of mobile phone contact – and said it is particularly prevalent among business drivers.

In a report, the charity said businesses need to have a robust company driver training policy that isn’t ignored in place.

Tony Greenidge, IAM Roadsmart business development director, said: “Employers have a key role to play by ensuring that their travel and mobility policies allow drivers to take full advantage of technology but in a way that is both safe and legal.”

UK Car of the Year 2019 shortlist revealed

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The shortlist for the UK Car of the Year 2019 award has been announced.

The shortlist consists of 12 entrants which have been named as their class winners, ahead of the overall UK Car of the Year 2019, which will be named on 1 March.

Now in its sixth year, the awards are judged by 29 motoring journalists, including Company Car Today editor Paul Barker, Company Car Tomorrow editor David Motton and CCT contributors Tristan Young and Al Suttie.

Full list of UK Car of the Year Awards 2019 category winners:

Best Supermini – Volkswagen Polo
Best Small Hatch – Volvo XC40
Best Family – Skoda Karoq
Best Executive – Jaguar I-Pace
Best Luxury – Rolls-Royce Cullinan
Best Estate – Volvo V60
Best 4×4 – Suzuki Jimny
Best MPV– Peugeot Rifter
Best Coupe – Bentley Continental GT
Best Cabriolet – Mazda MX-5 2.0
Best Hot Hatch – Ford Fiesta ST
Best Performance – Alpine A110

Mitsubishi to show facelifted ASX at Geneva

Mitsubishi has revealed a facelifted version of its ASX model ahead of its public debut at next month’s Geneva motor show.

It is powered by a 2.0-litre petrol engine and can be mated to either a five-speed manual transmission or a six-speed automatic ‘box, while both two and four-wheel-drive versions are available.

Design changes include tweaks to the bumpers and LED light layout.