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Today in Fleet: Tuesday 2 May

All the key news in fleet…

Cover of Colin Tourick tax book

The latest edition of the tax guide includes coverage of the new rules announced in the draft Finance Bill.

Updated tax book sheds light on salary sacrifice changes

The new rules for salary sacrifice and cash allowances come under the spotlight in the seventh edition of Colin Tourick’s annual tax book for fleet managers.

Company Car and Van Tax 2017-18 is fully updated after the March 2017 Budget, including the optional remuneration, salary sacrifice and car allowances announced in the draft Finance Bill. The book also covers everything a fleet manager or company vehicle driver needs to know about tax, including car benefit tax, fuel benefit tax, VAT, income tax, corporation tax, capital allowances, fuel duty, vehicle excise duty and national insurance contributions.

The book is published in conjunction with KPMG, Fleet Operations, Low Cost Vans and Ogilvie Fleet, and is available from amazon.co.uk, tourick.com and all good bookshops., priced at £40 paperback or PDF ebook.

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Business Edition Lux Volvo V60.

Volvo adds Business Edition Lux to S60 and V60

Volvo has introduced a new Business Edition Lux variant for its S60 and V60 models.

Following in the footstep of the Lux upgrades available on Volvo’s SE, R-Design and Cross Country variants, the new trim level builds on the standard S60/V60 Business Edition with a package of features including 17-inch alloy wheels, leather upholstery along with Piano Black inlays and an active information display. Other kit includes a rear parking camera.

Available to order now, the S60 Business Edition Lux is priced from £24,545 (OTR), with the V60 priced from £25,745. The D2 diesel versions attract a 22% BIK tax rate.

Credit: Transport Scotland

Glasgow and Edinburgh are now fully connected with uninterrupted motorway. Credit: Transport Scotland

M8 ‘missing link’ goes live

Scotland’s M8 is now fully open for the first time in its history following the completion of the so-called ‘missing link’.

Drivers were allowed onto the eastbound section of the new motorway on Sunday (30 April), a week after the westbound carriageway opened.

The move means that Glasgow and Edinburgh are now fully connected with uninterrupted motorway for the first time ever, instead of drivers needing to use the old M8, and the new section is expected to cut travel times by up to 20 minutes at peak periods.

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Two Toyota Mirais will be run as part of the trial.

First cars delivered in hydrogen fleet trial

Businesses in Swindon have started taking delivery of hydrogen cars under a major fleet trial.

Leasing giant Arval as well as the National Trust and building society Nationwide are participating in the town’s Hydrogen Hub project, with the former two testing a Toyota Mirai each while Nationwide is running a Hyundai ix35.

The Hydrogen Hub will see fuel cell technology used in a wide range of domestic, commercial and transport applications in Swindon, with the aim of establishing the town as a centre of excellence.

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Updated Mazda CX-3 and new GT Sport special edition.

Updated Mazda CX-3 brings technology upgrades

Mazda is to launch a refreshed version of its CX-3 compact SUV, bringing a number of technology upgrades as well as a new GT Sport Special Edition.

Arriving this summer, the latest range brings technology upgrades to both Mazda’s i-ACTIVSENSE safety systems and the SKYACTIV-D diesel engine while the line-up also gains G-Vectoring Control (GVC) – also seen on the Mazda3 and Mazda6.

Mazda has added a flagship 118bhp GT Sport special edition, which is limited to 500 cars and brings extra equipment and bespoke styling additions.

The revised 13-model Mazda CX-3 range starts from £18,495.

2017 Suzuki Swift

2017 Suzuki Swift

Pricing announced for 2017 Suzuki Swift

Suzuki’s new Swift supermini will be priced from £10,999 when it goes on sale at the start of June.

Only available as a five-door model, the third-generation Swift will be offered with two engines: an entry-level 89bhp 1.2-litre four-cylinder Dualjet petrol with CO2 emissions of 98g/km and 65.7mpg and the 110bhp 1.0-litre three cylinder Boosterjet turbo engine with 104g/km and 61.4mpg for manual transmission model.

A mild hybrid version of the Boosterjet unit will also be offered with CO2 emissions of 97g/km.

CAP has forecast RVS of 41% over three years / 60,000 miles for the 1.2-litre SZ3 Dualjet.

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 14 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. Natalie works across the magazine portfolio and updates the company websites with daily news, interviews and road test content.

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