• MINI is celebrating its 60th anniversary and has revealed their first fully electric vehicle, the MINI Electric.

    Based on the 3-door Hatch, this new model contains a battery pack with 12 modules of lithium-ion cells arranged in a T-shaped unit in the vehicle floor, providing a battery capacity of 32.6 kWh.

    The motor has an output of 184hp and maximum torque of 270Nm. As a result, the car has a maximum electric range of 144 miles (WLTP) and accelerates to 62mph in 7.3 second, with a top speed limited to 93mph.

    Prices start at £27,900 (excluding grant) and go up to £33,900 for the top tier model.

    Orders are being taken now with a £500 deposit, with first deliveries in March 2020.

 

  • The Kia Soul EV made its European debut at the Geneva motor show in March and Kia have now announced its pricing and specification.

    The EV will be available in one high-specification model called ‘First Edition’ and includes features such as 10.25-inch screen in the dashboard, Android Auto/Apple CarPlay and a premium Harmon/Kardon sound system.

    The Soul EV will be powered by a 64kWh battery that delivers a range of 280 miles (WLTP) and can be charged up to 80% in 1 hour 15 minutes.

    The Kia Soul EV ‘First Edition’ costs £37,295 (excluding grant), with first deliveries expected early next year.



  • Kia have also opened the order books their latest crossover, the Kia XCeed.

    Available with a choice of 1.0 T-GDi, 1.4 T-GDi and 1.6 CRDi engines, the XCeed is the fourth member of the Ceed range and features a higher ground clearance and sloping roof.

    The Kia XCeed starts at £20,795, with first deliveries due in September.



  • The New Volkswagen Passat is now available to order and features new safety technology as standard, as well as every available engine featuring a particulate filter.

    Having been originally launched in 1973, the Passat is the longest continuing name plate in the VW passenger car range. Now in its 8th generation, the new range is offered in SE, SEL, and R-Line trims from launch. A limited edition, Estate-only R-Line Edition will also be available.

    The New Passat will be the first Volkswagen to be fitted with Travel Assist, a system that allows the car to be driven at up to 130 mph in a partially automated mode. It combines the latest version of Adaptive Cruise Control, which can now auto adjust the speed including temporary speed-limits as well as slowing for junctions and corners. This is combined with Lane Assist version 2.0 which can now recognise kerbs and grass verges as well as road markings. This new driver-assistance technology will be standard across the Passat range.

    Two petrol and three diesel engines are available at launch, with a plug-in hybrid (PHEV) option becoming available in the coming weeks which will sit in the Passat GTE model and offer an increased 34-mile electric range (WLTP).

    Prices start at £27,630, with the first deliveries expected to take place in late-August.



  • After 80 years and 21 million cars sold, production of Volkswagen Beetle has officially come to an end.

    The final Beetle rolled off the production line on Wednesday at VW’s facility in Puebla, Mexico.
    This final car, which features a custom dashboard and quilted seats, will live on a commemorative display at museum local to the factory.

    VW will now be refocusing its efforts to its new electric vehicle platform, MEB, which will provide the basis for its upcoming line of all-electric ID. vehicles, starting with the ID. 3.

    Whilst Volkswagen have not announced any plans to bring back the Beetle any time soon, if they do, we can expect it to form part of the ID. range and return as an all-electric model.