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Round-Up: Revised VW Passat launched, Mitsubishi ASX facelift, VRA conference confirmed

Revised VW Passat GTE launched

Passat GTE facelift

Volkswagen has revealed details of the updated Passat GTE plug-in model.

The updated Passat GTE has an electric-only range of 43 miles, an increase over the previous 31 mile range, Volkswagen said, with prices from £36,390 for the saloon and £37,920 for the Estate, which it said is a saving of £1,635 over the outgoing model.

According to VW, the previous car accounted for one in ten Passat sales in the UK but the new improved GTE is expected to become even more popular, accounting for one in four Passat sales.

Facelifted Mitsubishi ASX revealed

asx facelifted

Mitsubishi has facelifted its ASX model.

The latest version of the sees the return of automatic gearboxes and four-wheel drive, which the company said brings it into line with the rest of the range.

Styling changes include new LED headlights at the front and rear along with new rear bumpers, new colours and a new alloy wheel design.

Priced from £20,295 the new 2020 Mitsubishi ASX is available in a choice of two new trim levels – Dynamic and Exceed, with the latter only offering the four-wheel drive option.

VRA conference focuses on 2020 challenges

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The challenges facing the remarketing sector in 2020 is the subject of a free seminar being organised by the Vehicle Remarketing Association.

“2020 Vision” will take a wide-ranging look at issues likely to affect the used car and van markets next year, ranging from a possible recession and Brexit through to the latest in online retailing and dealer margins, as well as examining future mobility and consumer behaviour, it said.

The one day event will take place at The Slate, Warwick University on Wednesday 27th November, and there are free places for up to 150 delegates.

Sam Watkins, chair at the VRA, said: “It is no exaggeration to say that the factors being faced by the remarketing sector into the next year are unprecedented in their scope and scale. At a macroeconomic level, we have the highly unpredictable effects of Brexit, at a vehicle level we have electric cars starting to arrive in the sector in larger numbers, while in retailing we have everything from increased online presence through to mobility solutions.”