Stunning new 2L diesel engine now available in Audi A6 and A7 Sportback

Stunning new 2L diesel engine now available in Audi A6 and A7 Sportback

When it comes to luxury cruisers, Audi’s A6 and A7 Sportback take some beating – and their appeal has just been given a boost with the addition of the brand’s 40 TDI engine.

This 201bhp two-litre front-wheel-drive diesel unit offers a level of pace and polish that befits each executive model range with a degree of efficiency that will be reflected in favourable calculations for business users, or so Audi says.

Away from flowery language, the new 40 TDI powertrain serves up some very attractive numbers, and in the A6 and A7 Sportback, it can return up to 62.8mpg with a CO2 output of as little as 117g/km (A6 Saloon on 18-inch wheels).

In the larger, heavier A6 Avant estate and A7 Sportback, fuel economy dips slightly to 60.1mpg, emitting 124g/km (A6 Avant with 18-inch wheels) and 122g/km (A7 Sportback with 19-inch wheels).

For business users, the 25g/km reduction to 122g/km on the A7 Sportback versus a 45 TDI quattro version equates to an even more competitive BIK rating of 29 per cent for a higher rate taxpayer.

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Performance is suitably potent too for such strikingly chiselled models, with the saloon A6 40 TDI hitting 62mph from rest in 8.1 seconds, rising to 8.3 seconds for both the Avant and A7 Sportback.

Speed tops out at 152mph for the A6 saloon and A7 Sportback, dipping slightly to 149mph for the A6 Avant.

Prices for this new powertrain start from £38,640 for the A6 saloon, rising to £40,740 for the Avant estate with deliveries beginning in September. The A7 Sportback 40 TDI rings in at £47,140 and is expected to launch in November.

Ellie Baker, brand manager at Fuel Card Services, comments: “Any upper-level company car driver would be proud to drive one of these high-rung Audis and the arrival of such a powerful yet efficient diesel engine only heightens that sentiment.”

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Skoda Fabia facelift: priced and specced ahead of September launch

Skoda Fabia facelift: priced and specced ahead of September launch

Skoda has said the revised Fabia will be the best value car in the supermini class when it goes on sale in September.

Priced upwards of £12,840, the facelifted third-gen Fabia will be an all-petrol affair.

As such, it will only be offered with single-litre petrol units: the 74bhp MPI, 93bhp TSI and 108bhp TSI – the latter of which can come as a seven-speed DSG automatic.

The supermini market is as competitive as ever, especially considering this year has seen the arrival of all-new iterations of the VW Polo and Ford Fiesta – the UK’s best-selling car for almost a decade.

However, Skoda reckons the Fabia can more than hold its own due to its sharp new look, more generous spec lists and a host of new safety systems.

What equipment comes as standard with the new Fabia?

The Fabia will still be offered as two body styles: the standard hatch and bulkier estate, with equipment split over five trim levels: S, SE, SE L, Monte Carlo and Colour Edition.

Every revised third-gen Fabia will come with LED daytime running lights as standard, as well as front assist and a multifunction trip computer.

Stepping up to SE (£14,115) adds front fog lights, 15-inch Cygnus alloy wheels, along with auto up/down electric windows. On a side note for the SE grade, Colour Edition models (£14,665) get 16-inch Vigo alloy wheels in white, silver or black.

At the top of the range, SE L Fabias (£15,205) now come equipped with the VW Group’s Amundsen sat-nav, backed with a one-year Infotainment Online subscription, 16-inch Evora alloy wheels and lighting in the front centre console.

Building on the top-spec model, the Monte Carlo Fabia (£16,785) throws in some sportier styling such as a black front spoiler, black roof, black floor mats and carbon-effect dashboard trim. There’s also climate control air-con, LED rear lights, rear electric windows and new seat upholstery as standard.

The Fabia is sure to appeal to fleets just as much before and for an extra £390, businesses can boost the safety of their Fabia by adding blind spot detection and rear traffic alert.

Other functions available include adaptive cruise control, rear view camera, driver fatigue assistant, and for the first time on the Fabia, full LED headlights.

Ellie Baker, brand manager at Fuel Card Services, comments: “Unsurprisingly, the Fabia is Skoda’s second best-selling model in the UK – just behind the Octavia – and the brand’s most popular model in Europe overall. We can expect that will remain the case when the all-new fourth-gen Fabia rolls around in 2022.”

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Citroen C3 Aircross racks up 100,000 sales in just ten months

Citroen C3 Aircross racks up 100,000 sales in just ten months

Citroen’s C3 Aircross has been officially confirmed as a commercial success after sales of the compact SUV hit six figures in just ten months.

Almost 70,000 of those have been sold since the start of 2018, making this new model the French car maker’s second best-selling vehicle, just behind the C3 supermini.

More than half (55 per cent) of the C3 Aircross models sold so far have been the range-topping Flair trim level.

When it comes to optional extras, buyers haven’t been able to resist ticking the boxes, with over a third (35 per cent) including the optional interior ambiences, while a quarter add a two-tone roof.

Additionally, 30 per cent of orders specify a ‘colour pack’, which delivers colour touches on the roof bars, rear quarter-lights, door mirrors and around the headlights.

Other reasons why the C3 Aircross is a winner

Aside from its sales success, the C3 Aircross has been picking up a few awards too, most notably being named ‘small SUV of the year’ in the Auto Express New Car Awards 2018 and ‘best buy car of Europe’ in the Autobest 2018 awards.

A statement from Citroen said: “This success is a clear endorsement of the brand’s product offensive. In the first half of 2018, Citroën reported a nine per cent rise in global sales (vs the first half of 2017), with a seven-year high in Europe.

“With its eye-catching design, outstanding modular layout, extensive personalisation options and 12 driver assistance technologies, the Citroen C3 Aircross’ exceptional sales performance reflects its instant appeal.”

Ellie Baker, brand manager at Fuel Card Services, added: “Citroen has really turned it around in recent years and its car range is now one of the most attractive and competitive in the fleet arena.”

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VW Touareg now more affordable with new three-litre V6 turbo diesel engine

VW Touareg now more affordable with new three-litre V6 turbo diesel engine

A new V6 turbo diesel has been added to the engine range of the Volkswagen Touareg.

This 227bhp three-litre V6 TDI unit is a detuned version of the thunderous 282bhp TDI engine that powered the Touareg when it launched back in June.

The new engine maintains the same CO2 output and the towing capacity as the more powerful 282bhp unit (173g/km, 3,500kg) and delivers maximum power from 3,250rpm to 4,750rpm with its peak torque of 500Nm coming between 1,750rpm and 3,000rpm

As with all Touaregs, this new version is equipped with an eight-speed tiptronic automatic gearbox, four-wheel drive and a limited slip differential.

Both three-litre V6 engines are available on the Touareg’s three trims (SEL, R-Line, R-Line Tech), a decision taken to enhance customer choice and reduce the car’s starting price to £48,995 on the road.

What do you get with the new Touareg?

On the inside, the Touareg SEL’s cabin is blessed with LED white interior lighting, with leather and aluminium trim on the gear knob and steering wheel.

At the heart of the dashboard is the impressive Discover Navigation Pro infotainment system with its 9.2-inch touchscreen, European mapping navigation, Bluetooth connectivity and DAB radio.

Riding on 19-inch ‘Osorno’ alloy wheels, the SEL model comes with LED lights all around, with full LED front headlights, which include LED static cornering lights, and rear LED tail and fog lights.

Mid-spec R-Line models come on 20-inch ‘Braga’ dark graphite diamond-turned alloy wheels with sports suspension. Other standard features include adaptive cruise control, front assist, 4Zone climate control system, electric tailgate, a rear-view camera, park assist and sportier styling, such as a gloss black rear diffuser.

At the top of the range, R-Line Tech adds an even larger 15-inch touchscreen that includes Nav-Gen4-Routing, which calculates routes online and takes traffic conditions into account. The car will also learn frequent routes.

Fleet managers can boost their duty of care too with enhanced safety provided by Car-Net ‘Security and Service’, which gives the driver access to the Volkswagen call centre in the event of an emergency.

If the car is involved in a major accident, the emergency services will be notified automatically. Further, Security and Service will compose a vehicle health report and service schedule on demand for the duration of the ten year subscription period.

Ellie Baker, brand manager at Fuel Card Services, comments: “The Touareg is a highly desirable SUV and a fantastic addition to any fleet.”

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Utility firm’s fleet now complete with new Skoda additions

Utility firm’s fleet now complete with new Skoda additions

Utility firm Complete Utilities has bolstered its sizable fleet with the addition of three Skoda Fabia models and an Octavia vRS.

All arriving in the striking Rallye Green hue, the four new cars will help Complete Utilities to cover its core servicing areas in the Midlands and South West, providing design, build, operations and maintenance services for water and power networks.

The cars will operate out from the firm’s central depot near Gloucester, and even more new models are anticipated once its current fleet comes to the end of its cycle.

With a large area to cover, Complete Utilities was drawn to the Fabia for its efficiency and reliability, as well as its sleek design and award-winning performance.

The Fabia is one of the safest small cars on the market, with a maximum five-star Euro NCAP safety rating and features such as a driver-enabled speed limiter, side airbags, curtain airbags and front airbags.

Meanwhile, the Octavia vRS estate focuses on practicality with a 610-litre boot space that opens up to 1,740 litres with the rear seats down. Other attractive features include the eight-inch  Amundsen sat-nav display, integrated Wi-Fi, LED daytime running lights and three-spoke leather multi-function steering wheel.

John Dowds, fleet manager at Complete Utilities, said the company considered several manufacturers when deciding on their new fleet vehicles, but Skoda seemed to be the perfect choice.

“Following many road tests and comparisons, it was the Skoda brand that not only provided us with cost-saving efficiencies and safety features, but the Rallye Green was an exact match to our corporate colour – which reinforces our brand image and represents our commitment to sustainability,” he commented.

Ellie Baker, brand manager at Fuel Card Services, added: “The Octavia vRS is sure to be a standout model on the Complete Utilities fleet.”

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