Volkswagen Extends Their Scrappage Scheme Until 2nd April
As an incentive to encourage car users to purchase a vehicle that complies with Euro 6 Emissions Legislation which came into force in September 2015, Volkswagen have introduced their Scrappage Scheme which can save car users up to £6000 off their new, lower emissions vehicle. Such discounts are available to diesel car owners of any pre-Euro 5 Emissions Legislation registered before 2010, if they have owned the car for more than 6 months. This incentive has been running from September 2017, and up to this point has successfully removed up to 5000 higher pollutant emitting pre-Euro 5 Emissions Legislation vehicles off the road.
The scheme is due to end 2nd April 2018.
Infiniti To Bring F1 Two-Mode Hybrid To Our Roads
Infiniti, a luxury vehicle division of Japanese automaker Nissan, with an expanding range of upmarket models sold through carefully placed dealerships, are set to join Mercedes as the only manufacturers to use two-mode F1-style hybrid technology in a road car.
In simpler terms, a two-tone hybrid vehicle works in two differing ways. At low speeds and light loads can move either the electric motors alone, the internal combustion engine (ICE), or a working relationship of both. However, at higher speeds and a heavier load, the ICE always runs, and the hybrid system uses technologies including Cylinder Deactivation and variable valve timing to improve engine efficiency.
Such technology could be on our roads by 2020. An experimental version of the Q60-based Infiniti Project Black S concept was on display for all eyes to see at last year’s Geneva Motor Show, displaying the high-performance aesthetic of a two-door coupe designed to highlight the technical partnership between Infiniti and the Renault Sport F1 team.
The Cost Of Keeping Up-To-Date With Satellite Navigation Updates
As cars are getting more ‘technical’, so is the cost for updates. For example, an upgrade for an inbuilt satellite navigation system in a vehicle can vary significantly in price depending of make and age of car. An owner of an older Jaguar XF can expect to pay, on average, £316, whilst Ford drivers can see varying costs of between £81.90 and £159 dependent on model and age of the car.
However, car manufacturers Volkswagen and Volvo offer a lifetime of updates with the purchase of their latest models.
Drivers caught using their mobile phones as a road map could be prosecuted!
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