Vauxhall reveals all-new Grandland X
Vauxhall has revealed a sneak review of its all-new Grandland X, its crossover SUV which is due for official release in September 2017. The Grandland X, which will follow the brand’s recent successful release of the Crossland X, will rival the likes of the Seat Ateka and the Nissan Qashqai. A welcome addition to the Vauxhall family, in a segment that is growing increasingly popular with car buyers the world over, the Grandland X will start from £22,485 and will come with the option of two engines: 1.6 litre diesel and a 1.2 litre turbocharged petrol engine.
Mercedes-Benz recalls over three million vehicles
In a bid to make its real-world driving emissions lower, Mercedes-benz has announced a voluntary recall on over three million of its vehicles, following increased nitrogen oxide emissions (NOx). The affected vehicles are the Euro 5 and Euro 6 standard diesel engines registered in Europe between January 2011 and September 2015. The largest recall of vehicles since Volkswagen’s infamous diesel emissions scandal in 2015, a spokesperson for Mercedes-Benz has admitted that the recall is dissimilar to that of the VW scandal, and it’s simply a proactive measure, to ensure that the cleanest vehicles possible are on the road.
Record number of EV registrations reported in 2017
The first six months of 2017 has seen the largest number of electric vehicle and hybrid vehicle registrations ever. Between January and June 2017, there were over 22,400 plug in electric vehicles registered in the UK - that’s a 14.3% increase compared to the same period in 2016, and a 53.8% increase compared to 2015. The statistics show that there are many more private buyers investing in electric vehicles, and with a growing charging network and competitively priced vehicles - there’s no wonder the EV is on the rise. The Nissan Leaf was the country’s best-selling electric vehicle in the first half of 2017.
UK government invests £20 million into electric vehicles
The UK government has pledged a £20 million investment in the UK electric vehicle charging network, with the aim of electricity being sold back to the grid. Part of the government’s industrial strategy is to create and use ‘smart energy’, and this move will support vehicle-to-grid partnerships. The money will fund research and investment into ways of not only charging electric vehicles, but also simultaneous providing energy for people's’ homes, andback into the grid.
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