By Mike Torpey on 2021-11-15 - Driving Force news editor and responsible for organising our daily output. He was staff motoring editor of the Liverpool Echo for 20 years.
RENAULT COURTESY CARS GO ELECTRIC
RENAULT Retail Group is providing customers with a taste of electric vehicles by switching all its courtesy cars to the Zoe E-Tech.
The move sees 143 courtesy cars spread across its 15 official Renault and Dacia dealerships in England and Wales replaced with the all-electric supermini.
The new EVs join 21 Zoe E-Tech that already exist on the 164-strong courtesy car fleet, which previously included petrol Renault Clio, Renault Captur and Dacia Sandero models.
With each courtesy car travelling up to 5,000 miles a year, it will also help customers and Renault cut their carbon footprint and contribute to improving air quality in the local environment.
Each Zoe will be provided fully charged - offering a range of up to 245 miles (WLTP) on a single charge - and customers will receive a full introduction on the car's features and its operation..
Renault Retail Group chief Ludovic Troyes said: "The 100 per cent electric Renault Zoe has been prominent in the EV market for nearly 10 years, bringing zero-emissions motoring within the reach of everyone.
"By switching to electric courtesy cars, Renault Retail Group is giving all our customers the opportunity to experience the benefits of electric motoring."
CALL FOR ALL TO BE SAFETY HEROES
ROAD safety organisation GEM Motoring Assist is encouraging everyone to play a part in Road Safety Week, which started today (November 15).
The theme of Road Safety Week 2021 is ‘Road Safety Heroes', celebrating the work of road safety professionals, and explaining how we can all play a part in making journeys safer.
GEM chief executive Neil Worth said: "As well as celebrating the work of people who make a difference every day, let's use Road Safety Week to show that we can all be Road Safety Heroes.
"Everyone should have the right to make journeys that are safe and free from harm. The reality is that people are still losing their lives or being seriously injured in collisions every day.
"Being a Road Safety Hero could simply mean raising the profile of road safety with family, friends, parents and children.
"It could mean making one or two small changes to the way you use the roads. It could mean acknowledging that you might be putting yourself - or others - at risk by driving too fast, too close or while you're distracted or tired.
"If you're then willing to find ways of reducing risk, then you're definitely a Road Safety Hero."
KIA UNVEILS CARBON ROADMAP
KIA has set out its vision to become a truly sustainable, responsible and innovative mobility solutions leader, announcing a commitment to achieve carbon neutrality by 2045.
The Korean company says its vision to become a Sustainable Mobility Solutions Provider reflects its approach to sustainability, which is to create sustainable mobility solutions for consumers, communities and global society.
In the first meaningful step in line with its corporate vision, Kia announced its plan to achieve carbon neutrality by 2045, based on three key pillars - Sustainable Mobility, Sustainable Planet and Sustainable Energy.
The pillars will guide the brand in its efforts to reduce carbon emissions in everything from supply, logistics, vehicle production and vehicle use through to disposal of waste.
By 2045, Kia plans to reduce 97 per cent of the company's 2019 level of carbon emissions and attain carbon neutrality by implementing additional measures to fully offset its remaining carbon emissions.
Kia also previewed the Concept EV9, a battery electric vehicle concept which embodiesthat commitment to achieving carbon neutrality, ahead of its AutoMobility LA reveal.
CUPRA LANDS A TROPHY TREBLE
CUPRA has won three trophies at the prestigious 2021 Golden Steering Wheel awards.
The CUPRA Leon won the Golden Steering Wheel in the Small & Compact Cars category, while the CUPRA Born, the brand's first all-electric model, came out top in Small & Compact Electric Cars.
And the 390PS CUPRA Formentor VZ5 completed the trophy haul, triumphing in the SUV category.
CUPRA chief Wayne Griffiths said: "Three years ago, a group of believers had a dream: to create an entirely different brand. Big dreams start with a few believers.
"The Formentor VZ5 is the ultimate statement of what CUPRA is capable of achieving in the combustion world. Racing is part of CUPRA's DNA and we will continue this way with our future electric models: the Tavascan in 2024 and our Urban Rebel in 2025.
"The hat-trick with three Goldene LenkrÃ¤de shows that the Formentor is not a one hit wonder and that more and more customers are looking to join the CUPRA Tribe."
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