Peugeot’s guide dog deal
Peugeot has agreed a new deal to supply around 80 Expert and Partner vans to the Guide Dogs charity, including 29 Experts converted to carry up to eight puppies at a time, and another 11 designed to carry up to four dogs, and the conversion includes temperature monitoring and video cameras to ensure dog welfare. Another Partner crew vans will be added later this year as the charity moves to completely replace cars as dog and handler transport by 2022.
“We are delighted to be extending our relationship with Guide Dogs and to help them develop the best means of transporting their trainers, service users and dogs safely and efficiently,” said Groupe PSA Fleet Director, Martin Gurney.
Small SUVs drive small European new car sales growth
There was a 0.2% year-on-year growth in European new car sales in May, with the 1.44m units being the best May figure since 2007. The growth was driven by small and compact SUVs such as the Volkswagen T-Roc and T-Cross, Hyundai Kona and Dacia Duster among small SUVs, and VW Tiguan, Peugeot 3008 and Nissan Qashqai in the compact class.
Among the big five European markets, the UK market was 4.6% down year-on-year, compared with 4.7% down for Spain, 0.9% for Italy, 1.0% up in France and 9.1% up in Germany.
VW led the European market, ahead of Renault, Peugeot and Ford, with the VW Golf beating the Renault Clio, Dacia Sandero, Skoda Octavia and Fiat Panda at the top of the model chart.
BMW working on PHEV geofencing for LEZs
BMW plug-in hybrid models will automatically shift into electric mode when entering city environmental zones from next year, when the German brand fits eDrive Zones geofencing technology to all its plug-in hybrid models from 2020.
The system will automatically detect when the car enters a zone and switch to battery power without requiring any driver input.
Also introduced next year will be a bonus point system, where electric mileage is rewarded with points that can be redeemed against Charge Now recharging points and potentially other services. More information will be revealed over the next 12 months.