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Alex Grant

First Drive: Volvo XC90 T8 Twin Engine

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The XC90 T8 has the same advantages, and limitations, as other large plug-ins, explains Alex Grant.

Fleet World Honours open for entries

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With categories for cars, vans and fleet management, the prestigious event culminates in an exclusive winners-only lunch held at The Royal Automobile Club, Pall Mall, with coverage felt the world over. Submissions are … Read More »

Budget 2016: Severn Bridge tolls to halve during 2018

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Currently set at £6.60 for passenger cars, £13.20 for light commercial vehicles and £19.80 for heavy goods vehicles, the tolls have increased by a third in the last ten years. Halving the tolls … Read More »

Budget 2016: CO2-based company car tax to remain until 2021

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Following the Autumn Statement’s extension of the 3% Benefit in Kind levy for diesel vehicles in the wake of the Volkswagen Group emissions scandal, there had been concerns that the Government would change its … Read More »

First Drive: Vauxhall Astra Sports Tourer

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Still a great workhorse, but with a much-needed injection of desirability, says Alex Grant.

99g/km MINI Clubman aims for further fleet growth

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Priced at £21,375 on the road, with business rental from £179 based on an initial payment of £1,074, the One D is the first Clubman to feature the 1.5-litre, three-cylinder diesel engine used in … Read More »

Under new management: engine remapping in focus

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As controversial as it is sworn by, engine remapping offers impressive gains for minimal workshop time and has become a growing market for vans, with potential for job‐need cars too. With software at the … Read More »

Road Test: Honda Jazz EX Navi CVT

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There’s room for a whole lot of life in the latest Jazz, says Alex Grant.

Volvo urges carmakers to standardise charging for EVs

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CCS is already used on the BMW i3, Volkswagen e-Golf and e-up!, as well as on the Chevrolet Spark EV and Bolt, the latter due to be imported to Europe as the Opel … Read More »

Road Test: Toyota Auris Design 1.2T

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With good hybrid and diesel options, Alex Grant ponders a fleet role for the Auris’s new petrol engine.

Skoda to launch first plug-in hybrid in 2019

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Christian Strube, Skoda Board member for Technical development, said: “We are convinced that it is time for Skoda to become electric. With the Superb, we will launch a car onto the market as … Read More »

First Drive: Toyota RAV4 Hybrid

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Sector: Crossover Price: £26,195–£30,795 Fuel: 55.4–57.6mpg CO2: 115–118g/km Growing exponentially and beloved of company car drivers, mid-size crossovers are synonymous with diesel engines, particularly in fleet. It’s a crowded sector and tough to … Read More »

Volvo V40 drops to 89g/km as part of mid-life updates

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The hatchback’s biggest visual upgrade is a move to all-LED headlights across the range and a redesigned grille, both matching the XC90, S90 and V90, while trim levels follow the familiar Momentum, Inscription, R-Design … Read More »

Foundations for growth: plans for the Source London charging network

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The challenge: Bolloré Group took control of the former Plugged-in Places scheme, Source London, in September 2014. Notoriously unreliable, this included 835 charging points spread across the Capital’s boroughs, with a 60% availability … Read More »

VW to show Juke rival and refreshed up! at Geneva

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The compact SUV could be positioned below the Tiguan in Volkswagen’s line-up, a new and potentially very high volume segment for the brand which would contest cars such as the Nissan Juke, Vauxhall Mokka … Read More »

First-ever Maserati SUV goes for global volume

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Due for a world debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March, the Levante brings the Italian carmaker’s range to five models and follows the Ghibli, launched in 2014, as a potential fleet offering. … Read More »

Renault previews new Scenic and Megane Sport Tourer

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The Scenic arrives 20 years after the first-generation model, continuing a family of compact MPVs which has sold around five million units worldwide. Previewed by the R-Space concept car from 2011, expect engines … Read More »

Toyota's compact hybrid crossover to debut at Geneva

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Previewed by the C-HR concept car last year (pictured), Toyota says this will be a coupe-SUV crossover, smaller than the RAV4 and designed to be fun to drive rather than focusing on practicality as … Read More »

Restyled Ford Kuga adds tech, cuts CO2 to 115g/km

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Revealed at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, the refreshed styling brings it in line with the updated Ecosport and the forthcoming Edge large SUV, as previewed by the Kuga’s U.S. counterpart, the Escape, … Read More »

Diesels less efficient than petrols at curbing climate change, study shows

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The results of the study, conducted by Dr Eckard Helmers at Trier University with Michel Cames of the University of Luxembourg, were presented to the European Parliament this week by environmental action group Green … Read More »


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