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Round-Up: UPS orders 10,000 electric vans, New Merc used cars boss, T-Roc Cabrio on sale

UPS orders 10,000 electric vans

UPS Arrival vans

Delivery giant UPS has placed an order for 10,000 electric vans from start-up Arrival.

The vehicles will be rolled out in the UK, Europe and North America and Arrival between 2020 and 2024 and the firms said UPS has an option to purchase a further 10,000 units during the four-year period.

The major fleet deal follows on from Hyundai and Kia investing in the electric van start-up, while UPS said its venture capital arm is also investing in the firm for an undisclosed sum.

“UPS has been a strong strategic partner of Arrival, providing valuable insight to how electric delivery vans are used on the road and how they can be optimised for drivers. Together our teams have been creating bespoke electric vehicles, based on our flexible skateboard platforms that meet the end-to-end needs of UPS from driving, loading/unloading, depot and back office operations. We are pleased that the investment and vehicle order creates even closer ties between our two companies,” said Denis Sverdlov, founder and CEO at Arrival.

Dennis named as new Merc used cars boss

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Sally Dennis has been appointed as used cars and remarketing director at Mercedes-Benz UK.

She moves into the role from her position as customer operations director with Mercedes-Benz Financial Services, however, prior to that she held the position of head of fleet for the brand.

“I’m an automotive person through and through and able to bring a wealth of knowledge of the remarketing space to my new role in addition to extensive retail, manufacturer and captive finance experience,” she said. “Moving across the organisation has enabled me to see the whole customer journey cycle from purchasing to finding a finance solution.  I’ve also gained a thorough understanding of what our retail partners encounter on a day-to-day basis, which is invaluable as we continue to support them and keep customers at the heart of everything we do.”

T-Roc Cabrio on sale now

T-Roc cabrio

A convertible version of Volkswagen’s T-Roc crossover is on sale now, priced from £26,750.

Two specification levels – Design and R-Line – are offered, while two petrol engines – a 115hp 1.0-litre unit and a 150hp 1.5-litre powertrain – are available, the latter available with a 7-speed DSG transmission, in addition to 6-speed manual versions of both.

Design trim features 17-inch alloy wheels as standard. Inside, an eight-inch navigation infotainment system is fitted, with wireless smartphone connectivity, along with  climate control and a six-speaker sound system, while driver assistance systems included on the Design trim model are Front Assist with pedestrian monitoring, Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), Lane Assist and a driver alertness monitor with fatigue detection.