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Alex Grant

Road Test: Kia Niro PHEV

5 days ago / 0 comments

Smart thinking from Kia, but the plug-in Niro has stiff competition on the way. By Alex Grant.

Road Test: Peugeot 308 SW BlueHDI 150 GT-Line

5 days ago / 0 comments

Hot hatch styling with fleet-friendly running costs, the 308 is a great user-chooser option, says Alex Grant.

Road Test: Volkswagen Up GTI

1 week ago / 0 comments

Can Volkswagen’s smallest hot hatch punch above its weight? Alex Grant finds out.

Mazda debuts 1.8 diesel with updated CX-3 SUV

1 week ago / 0 comments

Mazda has launched its updated CX-3 compact SUV in Japan, debuting a new 114bhp 1.8-litre diesel engine as a replacement for the old 1.5-litre unit.

Road Test: Volkswagen Arteon 2.0 TSI Elegance

1 week ago / 0 comments

Alex Grant finds out if Volkswagen’s four-door fastback has substance to match the seductive styling.

First Drive: Nissan Leaf

1 week ago / 0 comments

Is Nissan’s trailblazer still ahead of the electric pack? Alex Grant finds out.

Volvo to phase out diesel from 2019

1 week ago / 0 comments

Volvo Cars will begin phasing out diesel engines this year, with all new launches offering only electric or progressively more hybridised petrol engines – starting with … Read More »

LCV tax reforms could include NOx and CO2

2 weeks ago / 0 comments

The Government is set to announce a new tax system for light commercial vehicles during the next Budget, potentially including NOx and CO2 emissions for the … Read More »

Speed Awareness more effective than fines, but only just

2 weeks ago / 0 comments

Drivers taking part in the National Speed Awareness Course (NSAC) are less likely to be caught speeding within three years than those who take penalty points … Read More »

‘Mild Hybrid’ Kia Sportage due later this year

2 weeks ago / 0 comments

Kia will launch an updated Sportage SUV in the second half of 2018, debuting its first mild-hybrid diesel drivetrain ahead of the roll-out in other models … Read More »

First Drive: Citroën C4 Cactus

2 weeks ago / 0 comments

There are some pleasant surprises behind the quirky C4 Cactus’s restyle, explains Alex Grant.

London ‘Zero Emission Zones’ due by 2020

2 weeks ago / 0 comments

London could get its first electric vehicle only ‘Zero Emission Zones’ by 2020, aimed at improving air quality and driving uptake of cleaner travel, as part … Read More »

PSA to drop Vauxhall OnStar service

2 weeks ago / 0 comments

PSA Group is pulling the plug on the Vauxhall/Opel OnStar service in Europe, discontinuing it in new vehicles from January 2019, and closing it altogether at … Read More »

Prices revealed for Fiesta ST and Active

2 weeks ago / 0 comments

Ford has extended the Fiesta range to include the sporty ST and SUV-inspired Active versions, available to order from £18,995 and £17,995 respectively.

Today in Fleet – Wednesday 9 May

2 weeks ago / 0 comments

All the key news in fleet… Activa Contracts strengthens sales team by Alex Grant - Activa Contracts is extending its sales team with two new management ... Read More »

Tighter limits for WLTP and RDE tests

2 weeks ago / 0 comments

EU Member States have voted in favour of tighter limits on for cars and vans tested under the latest WLTP and RDE fuel consumption and emissions … Read More »

Activa Contracts strengthens sales team

2 weeks ago / 0 comments

Activa Contracts is extending its sales team with two new management positions and further appointments to follow, as it adapts to increasingly bespoke customer needs.

Insurers to get real-time telematics data

2 weeks ago / 0 comments

Insurance companies could soon be able to access real-time data from fleets’ telematics systems in real-time, helping to more accurately set premiums for commercial and private … Read More »

Traffic convictions continue to rise

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Convictions for traffic offenses in England and Wales increased in 2016, continuing a trend which began in 2014, according to IAM Roadsmart.

Hampshire Police steps up EV plans

2 weeks ago / 0 comments

Hampshire Constabulary has rolled out the first of a 40 electric vehicles on its fleet, with plans to switch half of its 220 non-pursuit cars to … Read More »

Mandate Clean Air Zones, government told

2 weeks ago / 0 comments

The UK government should mandate Clean Air Zones in the 32 areas where NO2 limits are being breached, and introduce a tax levy for non-ULEVs to … Read More »

Audi finds software “irregularities” with 60,000 diesel engines

2 weeks ago / 0 comments

Audi has suspended deliveries of certain diesel-powered A6 and A7 models, as it develops a software update to rectify “irregularities” with the engine management on 60,000 … Read More »

Nissan to phase out diesel engines by 2025

2 weeks ago / 0 comments

Nissan has become the latest manufacturer to confirm it will drop diesel engines from its line-up, as it pushes ahead with plug-in hybrid and fully electric … Read More »

Volvo to feature built-in Google Maps

3 weeks ago / 0 comments

Volvo will integrate apps including Google Maps into its next-generation infotainment system, as the carmaker moves to Android software.

Road Test: Volvo XC40 D4 AWD R-Design Pro

3 weeks ago / 0 comments

Volvo’s first compact SUV should have old and new rivals feeling worried, says Alex Grant.

Government expected to confirm 2040 ban on non-ULEVs

3 weeks ago / 0 comments

The Department for Transport has rebuffed rumours that the its forthcoming Road to Zero strategy will mean only plug-in hybrid, electric or hydrogen fuel cell vehicles … Read More »

Electric Kia Niro revealed with 300-mile range

3 weeks ago / 0 comments

Kia is equipping the Niro compact SUV with a fully electric drivetrain, with the longest-range version travelling almost 300 miles between charges.

Road Test: Abarth 124 Spider

3 weeks ago / 0 comments

There’s more to Abarth’s lively drop-top than good first impressions, reckons Alex Grant.

Road Test: Honda Civic 1.6 i-DTEC EX

3 weeks ago / 0 comments

Honda’s brilliant small diesel engine joins the Civic line-up, but can it match its predecessor’s frugality? Alex Grant finds out.

Lexus could drop GS from UK line-up

4 weeks ago / 0 comments

Lexus is bringing the ES saloon to Europe next January, likely to replace the similarly-sized GS and offered only with a hybrid drivetrain in the UK.