• Volkswagen this week revealed the T-Roc Cabriolet, an open-top version its successful compact crossover. Following Volkswagen’s more traditional cabriolets such as the Beetle and the Golf, the T-Roc Cabriolet likewise has a classic soft top. The automatic roof opens in 9 seconds and can electromechanically open and close while the car is in motion; at speeds of up to 18mph.

    The T-Roc Cabriolet features roll-over protection, which can be extended behind the rear seats. The system springs upwards in the area of the rear headrests within a fraction of a second, in response to exceeding a defined lateral acceleration or vehicle tilt. In addition, the T-Roc Cabriolet is designed with a reinforced windscreen frame and other structural modifications in order to ensure maximum safety.

    Only available in front-wheel drive, two petrol turbo engines with an output 115 PS and 150 PS respectively will be available from launch. The manual six-speed gearbox comes as standard in conjunction with the 1.0 three-cylinder engine with an output of 115PS and a 1.5 four-cylinder engine with 150 PS. A seven-speed dual clutch gearbox is also available as an option.

    The Volkswagen T-Roc Cabriolet will be officially presented at the Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA) in September and will go on sale in Spring 2020.

  • The New Mitsubishi L200 has now gone on sale in the UK.

    Now in its sixth generation, the L200 features an all-new front-end, as well as increased payload and gross train weight. A stiffer chassis plus new springs and dampers also make for improved ride and handling, which Mitsubishi says makes for a more versatile pickup and is more car-like to drive and run

    Prices start £21,515 (CVOTR) for the entry level Mitsubishi L200 4Life Club Cab and go up to £32,200 (CVOTR) for the range-topping Barbarian X Double Cab.

  • There are now more electric vehicle (EV) charging stations in the UK than conventional fuel stations, according to recent data published by Nissan.

    Overall, there almost 1,000 more public places to charge electric cars than there are forecourts to pump petrol in the UK – 9,300 EV charging locations compared to 8,400 fuel stations.

    Almost 80% of UK petrol stations have closed since 1970, whilst the number of electric vehicle charging locations has increased from a few hundred in 2011 to more than 9,000 in August 2019.

    Of these locations, more than 1600 provide ‘rapid charging’, and can recharge a typical EV battery to around 80% in under an hour. Almost all UK motorway service stations have charging stations installed, the majority of which provide a rapid charge option.

  • Transport Secretary, Grant Shapp, also announced this week that an additional £2.5 million will be offered to fund the installation of over 1,000 new charging points across the UK this year.

    The doubling in funding will support the on-street residential charge point scheme, launched in 2017, which helps people access charging infrastructures which can be built into existing structures like lampposts.