Today, the 68 registration plate comes into effect. And there are bargains galore, so be prepared to haggle hard in a sluggish market.
Another reason for deals is the new ‘real-world’ emissions testing system with which all new cars on sale from today must comply with to be sold as new.
But, if they are pre-registered by dealers — with the old 18 plate — they are sold on as second-hand or ‘nearly new’, usually at a hefty discount worth thousands of pounds.
Tennis mum Judy Murray, right,mother of champions Andy and Jamie, left, with Peugeot’s award-winning 3008 family-friendly SUV
The dealer’s name is first in the logbook, as original owner, and yours is second, as the buyer of a nearly new car. The cars are street-legal and roadworthy.
While customers get a good price, they may have to compromise on colour and trim level.
For example, I’m impressed with Peugeot’s award-winning 3008 family-friendly SUV, which tennis mum Judy Murray, mother of champions Andy and Jamie, also drives.
It’s a real Goldilocks car — everything’s just about right. It looks great and handles with aplomb. It’s comfortable, but sporty.
It’s even coped with a student house move and a boot stuffed with everything but the kitchen sink.
My 3008 has a new, upgraded Euro 6.2 diesel engine that fully complies with the new protocols mandatory for all passenger cars sold in the EU.
But Peugeot has been phasing out an earlier version of this diesel engine — Euro 6.1 — which, from today, cannot be sold as brand-new.
Its new, fully compliant range starts from £23,480 for the Active PureTech 130 hp, 1.2 litre, six-speed manual.
Meanwhile, Austin Collins, managing director of Buyacar.co.uk, says customers could save £12,000 on a 2018 Jeep Cherokee with delivery mileage.
He adds: ‘It’s the automotive equivalent of reducing the price of food that’s approaching its best-before date.’
Vauxhall’s tries Gallic charm
Vauxhall is to refresh its somewhat staid image with a little French pizzazz.
New look: auxhall’s 4m-long five-door coupe-style concept car — the GT X Experimental
It has revealed a new, 4m-long five-door coupe-style concept car — the GT X Experimental — which sets the tone for a series of new cars in 2020, including Corsas, Mokkas and Astras and electric variants.
Group managing director Stephen Norman said: ‘The GT X creates a clear template for cars of the future.’
- Drivers who have a personalised number plate are 50 per cent more likely to have their vehicle stolen, according to a poll of 2,000 people carried out by MoneySuperMarket. Nearly a fifth of British drivers — 19 per cent — have owned a personalised plate at some point, with Mercedes owners most likely to have a vanity plate (12 per cent).
Honda jazzes up the Jazz
I’ve been behind the wheel of Honda’s facelifted Jazz in a beautiful new metallic shade — Skyride Blue.
The surprisingly roomy, practical, five-seater, five-door hatchback bears an uncanny resemblance to Mercedes-Benz’s original wedge-shaped A-Class hatchback launched two decades ago, but is none the worse for that.
The 2018 range has been given a mid-life refresh, adding a more powerful, if rather noisy when revved, 130 hp, 1.5 litre, i-VTec petrol engine to the existing 1.3 litre version.
Ray with the face-lifted Honda Jazz in striking Skyride Blue
I drove the six-speed manual — expected to account for 70 per cent of UK sales, with an automatic taking the remainder.
Rest to 62 mph takes 8.7 seconds and top speed is 118 mph, with economy 47.9 mpg and CO2 emmissions of 133 g/km.
There’s ample interior and boot space and flexible seating increases the cargo carrying capacity from 354 to 897 litres.
The revised range costs from £14,115 for the S-grade, up to £17,115 for the top-spec Jazz Sport 1.5 petrol engine, taking on the likes of the Fiesta, Polo, Corsa and Yaris.
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