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Round-Up: Revised Vauxhall Astra and BMW X6 revealed, Fuel prices drop

Facelifted Astra revealed


Vauxhall has revealed a facelifted version of its Astra model, which it claims offers a 19% reduction in CO2 emissions and fuel consumption figures compared with the outgoing model.

As with the previous model, a range of power options are available;  petrol models consist of a 1.2-litre unit in 110hp, 130 and 145hp guises, along with a larger 145hp 1.4-litre variant.

Diesel power, meanwhile, comes in the form of 105hp and 122hp outputs. The CO2 emissions of the diesels are from 96g/km and the petrol models emit from 101g/km of CO2.

Prices and an on-sale date have not been announced yet.

Revised X6 unmasked


BMW has unveiled its new X6 SUV ahead of the first deliveries commencing in November.

Priced from £59,340, the model offers two petrol and two diesel variants, the most frugal of which is

The entry-level xDrive 30d, which emits 159g/km of CO2 and returns 46.3mpg.
The new model is 26mm longer than the outgoing model and 15mm wider in width, however, it stands 6mm lower, while adaptive LED lights are standard. An optionally illuminated grille is also available – a BMW first.

Bootspace, meanwhile, is rated at 580 (rear seats up) and 1,525 litres (rear seats down).

Fuel prices drop for first time in four months

Diesel Fuel Pump Budget 2017

Petrol and diesel prices dropped for the first time in four months in June, the RAC said.

According to the  breakdown giant, the average price unleaded dropped 3p a litre from 130.67p to 127.62p while diesel reduced 4.61p from 135.51p to 130.90p – the ninth biggest monthly reduction in the price of a litre of diesel since 2000.

The RAC put the drop in prices down to a dip in wholesale prices, but said it is unlikely that this will be repeated again over the summer.

“Drivers should take heart from the fact fuel prices have gone down in June, but it’s hard to see another drop materialising with OPEC and its partners extending their production cut until March 2020. On top of that there is also talk of a trade deal being struck between the United States and China allaying fears of a global economic slowdown which may have led to lower oil prices and in turn cheaper prices at the pump,” said Simon Williams, the firm’s fuel spokesman.