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Round-Up: Seat teases Leon, BVRLA management restructure, LDV deal

New Seat Leon teased

Seat has teased its all-new new Leon lower-medium model ahead of its full unveiling on 28 January.

According to the Spanish brand “builds on the appeal of its predecessor but with a strong design evolution, giving it a more purposeful presence, aided by its improved dimensions, refreshed front visual, sculpted rear design and smoother lines that connect the two.”

Seat added that the body surfaces have evolved “with stronger shapes creating more shift in the light and colour tone across the body, which together create a more elegant design. This creates a vehicle with a multi-layered, three-dimensional aesthetic.”

BVRLA management restructure

The BVRLA has restructured its senior management team, with two of its members of staff taking on new director-level responsibilities.

Toby Poston, the former director of communications and external relations, has been promoted to the role of director of corporate affairs, where he will now also oversee the association’s policy work, government engagement and events and Amanda Brandon has been appointed as director of fleet services.

In her new role she will lead the association’s government-approved Dispute Resolution Service and the provision of operational support to members – promoting best practice and raising standards across the industry. Chief Executive Gerry Keaney said: “Toby and Amanda have played a vital role in the BVRLA for many years and their knowledge of the industry is second to none. I am delighted to welcome Amanda to the senior management team and am confident that members will join me in wishing her and Toby every success in their new roles.” 

LDV supplies vans to Nottingham Council

LDV E80

LDV has supplied five electric EV80 vans to Nottingham Council provide wheelchair-accessble transport with a further 11 vehicles in the pipeline.

The vans were converted by Devon-based Courtside Conversions. “The new minibuses are a welcome addition to our fleet, these vehicles are providing emission free transport for our high dependency Special Educational Needs (SEN) passengers,” said Andrew Smith from Nottingham Council. “Another benefit to us is the significant saving on fuel and maintenance over the vehicles’ lifespan. The EV80 minibuses have already impressed our drivers with the smooth powerful delivery from the electric motor, which coupled with the automatic gearbox is delivering a smoother, quieter ride for their passengers and themselves along with making the job of negotiating busy urban areas easier.”