• Peugeot has revealed a plug-in hybrid variant of its popular 3008 SUV, the Peugeot 3008 SUV GT Hybrid4.

    The all-new PHEV is the first 3008 SUV available with four-wheel drive and is powered by a combination of a 147kW (200hp) 1.6 PureTech petrol engine and two electric motors, creating a combined power output of 220kW (300hp). This gets the car from 0-60mph in 5.9 seconds and produces CO2 emissions of just 29g/km (WLTP).

    The 13.2kWh battery provides up to 36 miles of 100% electric range, with a full charge taking less than two hours using a 7kW chargepoint. Combined with its low CO2 output, this puts the 3008 SUV GT Hybrid4 in the low BIK rating of 10% from April 2020.

    After its launch later this year, the 3008 GT Hybrid4 will be joined by a 165kW (225hp) front-wheel drive model. The front-wheel drive PHEV will combine a 132kW (180hp) PureTech petrol unit, with an 80kW (110hp) electric motor.

    The 3008 SUV GT Hybrid4 will be then be joined by PHEV versions of the all-new 508 Fastback and 508 SW estate. Meanwhile the all-new 208 and 2008 SUV will both offer fully electric variants, the e-208 and e-2008 SUV. By 2023, Peugeot will offer electrified variants of every model in its line-up.

  • SEAT also announced a new PHEV SUV this week, the SEAT Tarraco FR PHEV.

    The plug-in hybrid powertrain system in the Tarraco FR PHEV comprises a 1.4 TSI 110 kW (148hp) petrol engine, 85 kW (114hp) electric motor and a 13 kWh lithium-ion battery pack.

    Total output for the system is 180kW (245PS), giving the plug-in hybrid Tarraco a top speed of 135mph and 0-60mph in 7.4 seconds. The CO2 emissions will be below 50g/km (WLTP) and the car will be able to drive up to 31 miles in full-electric mode. This combination of zero emission range and low emissions puts the car in the 10% BIK bracket from April 2020.

    As well as the new plug-in hybrid powertrain joining the Tarraco lineup, the sporty FR trim is another new addition to the range. This brings with it an enhanced exterior design, with wider wheel arches, sporty rear spoiler and FR-specific 19” alloy wheels, with an option to have machined 20” wheels available.

    The SEAT Tarraco FR PHEV will make its world debut at this year’s IAA Frankfurt International Motor Show. Production of the FR trim and of the PHEV version will then take place during the course of 2020.


  • HMRC has released its latest advisory fuel rates (AFRs) this week, which will come into force from 1st

    Available at https://comcar.co.uk/taxpages/afrs/ the AFR for a petrol company car with an engine of 1,400cc or less stays the same at 12ppm, but falls by 1ppm for larger engines. This brings the rates down for 1,400-2,000cc and over 2,000cc engines to 14ppm and 21ppm (pence per mile).

    Diesel rates for company cars with engines 1,400cc or less stays also stay the same, as does the rates for those over 2,000cc. Diesels engine with sizes from 1,601cc to 2,000cc decreases by 1ppm and will now be 11ppm.

    LPG vehicles with an engine of 1,400cc or less will stay the same at 8ppm and the same goes for engines above 2,000cc, which will remain at 14pmm. LPG vehicles with engines between 1,401-2,000cc will however increase by 1ppm up to 11ppm.

    The advisory electricity rate (AER) for plug-in cars remains unchanged at 4ppm.