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May 21st 2019:

2101 Vehicles Avaialble Increased by 4242  868 of which are automatic gearbox Increased by 4545   413 Nil AP or less reduced by 1010 (86 Automatics reduced by 66)

(11 Electric vehicles,  7 Plugin Hybrid, 54 Hybrid, 1271 Petrol, 758 Diesel)

 

May 17th 2019:

2019 Ford Mondeo added to Scheme, 26 versions hatchback and estate but sadly no Hybrid. 1.5 petrol manual or 6 speed auto, economy quoted as between 22.8 mpg and 38.2 mpg for the Auto – Ouch. The two diesels (148 bhp and 187bhp) are a better (more expensive option) Prices range from £1595 to £2195 Advance Payment for the petrol and £2395 – £3195 for the Diesel.

 

April 15th 2019:

2059 Vehicles Avaialble reduced by 7272   823 of which are automatic gearbox reduced by 2222    423 Nil AP or less reduced by 2121 (92 Automatics reduced by 213)

Ford Remove 29 C -Max/Grand C-Max as it is being removed from range, VW remove 22 cars from across the range.

 

DS3 Crossback - New

DS3 Crossback – New

 

April 13th 2019: DS 3 Crossback joins Scheme. Read here

 

 

April 1st 2019: New Prices released, latest updates here

2131 Vehicles Avaialble reduced by 4343   845 of which are automatic gearbox reduced by 77    444 Nil AP or less Increased by 4848  (95 Automatics Increased by 99)

 

March 7th 2019: Mazda CX-5 removed from Scheme. Motability citing insurance issues, no plan for a return to the Scheme in the short term. (1st April 2019 CX5 returns, price increased by £700)

 

March 5th 2019:  2174 Vehicles Avaialble reduced by 55    852 of which are automatic gearbox Increased by 2222    396 Nil AP or less Increased by 1010  (86 Automatics Increased by 1616)

 

January 22nd 2019: New Audi A1 joins the Scheme in ’30’ 1.0 petrol 114bhp (manual or Auto). Under 25’s will have to wait for the 94bhp version of this engine to be released. 

 

January 10th 2019: SsangYong joined the Scheme in January 2015 and presently have no cars on the Scheme. With the lack of large vehicles the Turismo was a welcome addition with its second row individual seats. We are unsure at this stage if they are to rejoin. 

 

January 1st 2019: New cars:  BMW X2, Renault Zoe, Honda CRV, Citroen C5 Aircross, Peugeot 508 fastback.

Cars removed: Alfa Romeo Giulia, Ford Mondeo, Toyota Auris, Toyota Rav4, Mini Clubman and Nissan X-Trail – Read more http://www.whichmobilitycar.co.uk/motability-prices-2019-january-quarter-1/ 

 

December 31st 2018:   2179 Vehicles Avaialble Increased by 189189    830 of which are automatic gearbox Increased by 5757    386 Nil AP or less Increased by 2525  (70 Automatics Increased by 11)

 

December 21st 2018: All the Q1 pricing information on this page: http://www.whichmobilitycar.co.uk/motability-prices-2019-january-quarter-1/

 

December 17th 2018: Multiple reports coming in that due to the changes in the Government Grant for Plugin Hybrid Vehicles ‘October 12th 2018: UK Government announce an end to the £2500 Grant for Plug in Hybrids (PHEV) that can travel less than 70 miles on electric power alone), the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV will not be on the Scheme from January 1st 2019.

 

December 11th 2018: Motability Operations announce that Sir Stephen O’Brien will become the new Chairman when Neil Johnson departs in April 2019.  Sir Stephen O’Brien used to be the MP for Eddisbury, Cheshire from 1999 – 2015. Read more on Sir Stephen here.

 

December 7th 2018: 

The boss of Motability Operations is stepping down after it emerged he is set to receive a £2.2m bonus on top of his seven-figure salary.

Mike Betts, the chief executive of Motability Operations, came under fire earlier this year after MPs called his annual £1.7m pay package “totally unacceptable”.

A report by the government spending office, the National Audit Office, published today says as well as his “generous” remuneration, Betts is also in line for a previously undisclosed performance bonus worth about £2.2m.

Following the report, Mobility Operations announced Betts would stand down from his position by May 2020, while the group’s chairman, Neil Johnson will retire in April 2019.

 

December 4th 2018: Friday 7th December sees the National Audit Office (NAO) publish its report into Motability Operations. There are also reports in the print press relating to bonuses paid. Expect TV News and Print to take up the story on Friday. Heavy sigh.

 

December 3rd 2018:  2133 Vehicles Avaialble Increased by 143143   822 of which are automatic gearbox Increased by 4949    377 Nil AP or less Increased by 1616  (70 Automatics Increased by 11)

 

November 28th 2018: All MINI cars on the Scheme rebadged Classic, Sport and Exclusive. Chili and Pepper packs are thankfully discontinued

 

November 14th 2018:  1990 Vehicles Avaialble reduced by 11    773 of which are automatic gearbox Increased by 1818    361 Nil AP or less Increased by 1818 (69 Automatics Increased by 187)

 

October 17th 2018: Number of Vehicles avaialble against  September 27th. WLTP is affecting the numbers, manufactures have reduced the number of trim lines per model and there are still new engines being developed to pass the emission rules, there is also a continued cull of diesel engines.

1991 Vehicles Avaialble reduced by 582582    755 of which are automatic gearbox reduced by 186186   343 Nil AP or less reduced by 9292 (62 Automatics reduced by 1414).

 

October 12th 2018: UK Government announce an end to the £2500 Grant for Plug in Hybrids (PHEV) that can travel less than 70 miles on electric power alone. The Grant for Electric cars is also reduced from £4500 to £3500.

 

October 2nd 2018: Motability Operations donate £400 million to Motability Charity link

 

October 1st 2018: Q4 prices announced – http://www.whichmobilitycar.co.uk/new-motability-prices-1st-october-2018-quarter-4-autumn/

 

September 27th 2018: Number of Vehicles avaialble against 25th June, we expect this number to be slashed on 1st October.

2573 Vehicles Avaialble Increased by 189189    941 of which are automatic gearbox Increased by 4545   435 Nil AP or less Increased by 8383 (76 Automatics Increased by 8314).

 

September 26th 2018: Quarter 4 preview: http://www.whichmobilitycar.co.uk/new-motability-prices-1st-october-2018-quarter-4-autumn/

 

September 20th 2018: Good condition bonus, paid on return of vehicle increases:

– Three year agreement: £500.00 (previously £250)
– Four year agreement: £600.00
– Five year agreement: £800.00 (previously £450)

Applies to car and WAV customers. WAV customers still receive a support payment of £300 for a 3 year lease and £100 per year extended, WAV customers in a 5 year lease £500.

 

August 16th 2018: WLTP continues to cause a blockage in new car deliveries, the current list of vehicles that have pass the testing can be seen here (updated regularly)

 

July 28th 2018: The Fiat 124 has now been removed from the Scheme. We have it on good authority that Skoda are not taking orders for petrol Karoq / Kodiaq cars.

 

July 23rd 2018: The Forum is littered with tales of woe relating to extended waits and sudden cancellations. Alfa have cancelled all orders of new cars, hence the Giulia being removed from the Scheme, the Mazda CX-3 is being updated and temporally unavailable, The Ford Kuga AWD Petrol have issues with completing the ordering process, (now resolved)  same for the Mercedes CLA diesel – we could go on and on. WLTP continues to cause havoc, thankfully step 2 has to be complete by 1st September 2018 so every car listed for Quarter 3 will have to be avaialble to order.

 

July 23rd 2018: Motability inform dealerships to contact all customers who have a vehicle affected by WLTP to either be offered a new order or to inform customers that  all cars will need to be registered on 18 plates even if the collection date is when 68 plates are avaialble (after 1st September)

 

June 30th 2018: New prices are coming in, read more…. http://www.whichmobilitycar.co.uk/new-motability-prices-1st-july-2018/

 

June 22nd 2018:  2384 Vehicles Avaialble reduced by 179179    896 of which are automatic gearbox reduced by 6262   352 Nil Advance Payment or less reduced by 3030  (62 Automatics reduced by 66).

The WLTP effect is really kicking in, this will affect Q3 greatly. http://www.whichmobilitycar.co.uk/wltp-delays-and-withdraws

 

June 18th 2018:  New Ford Focus Joins Scheme: http://www.whichmobilitycar.co.uk/coming-soon

 

June 8th 2018:  2563 Vehicles Avaialble Increased by 7979    958 of which are automatic gearbox Increased by 3030   382 Nil Advance Payment or less Increased by 2929  (68 Automatics ).

 

June 6th 2018  Apple have announced a new Software update (ios12) for all phones as far back as the iphone 5S and ipads from air/mini 2. This new software will allow the use of the two most popular sat nav systems to be linked to Carplay, namely Google maps and Waze, meaning you will no longer be shacked to apple maps alone.

The new software is available in beta form (may not be compatible with existing apps) to download now for paid up developers, later this month in beta form for all customers and will go on general release when the beta testing is complete around September 2018.

Wireless Carplay is the next obvious technological step to be rolled out in new cars. Wireless Carplay is not a software update as it has been an option since ios9, it is a hardware issue down to the capabilities of the head unit fitted to your car, there are only a couple of cars that offer these units, BMW 5 series being one (not on Scheme) and the new 2018 Mercedes A Class will offer it on all models (Joining Scheme soon – hopefully)

 

May 14th 2018: 2484 Vehicles Avaialble reduced by 7676    928 of which are automatic gearbox reduced by 1515   353 Nil Advance Payment or less reduced by 2323  (68 Automatics reduced by 55).

 

May 2nd 2018: DS7 Crossback Joins Scheme as a manual diesel, the Auto diesel is over the cap. The 1.2 litre petrol with an auto box will join late 2018. http://www.whichmobilitycar.co.uk/ds7-crossback-motability-car/ 

 

April 27th 2018: 2560 vehicles avaialble reduced by 1515   943 of which are automatic gearbox reduced by 77   376 Nil Advance Payment or less    (73 Automatics ).

The continued drop is for a few reasons and nothing terminal:

  1.  Mini and BWM are changing the automatic gearbox fitted to their cars from an eight speed torque convertor to a seven speed dual clutch. Number of MINI cars on scheme last quarter 78, this quarter 55. BMW 84 last quarter 70 this.
  2. Models are being updated and production of outgoing model stops prior to launch of new model: Honda CR-V last quarter 34, this quarter 19, new Mercedes A-Class pending, Mercedes cars dropped from 118 in Q1 to 106 now, Renault Megane last quarter 49 this quarter 6.
  3. VAG (Audi, VW, Skoda, Seat) are changing their 1.4 petrol engine to a 1.5 litre petrol and trimming lines, Skoda 156 cars last quarter 141 now, Seat 119 Q1 105 now.
  4. Nissan drop Pulsar and trim Qashqai and X Trail lines. Q1 Nissan 82 Q2 Nissan 45.

 

April 18th 2018: 2575 vehicles avaialble reduced by 4242   950 of which are automatic gearbox reduced by 8585   376 Nil Advance Payment or less Increased by 66   (73 Automatics  Increased by 44). From Q1 Pricing we have lost 232 vehicles, 85 of which are Automatics.

 

April 12th 2018: Toyota Prius+, seven seat hybrid joins Scheme read more here http://www.whichmobilitycar.co.uk/coming-soon/

 

April 5th 2018: Volkswagen T-Roc joins Scheme, read more here http://www.whichmobilitycar.co.uk/coming-soon/

 

April 3rd 2018:  2617 vehicles avaialble reduced by 190190   1035 of which are automatic gearbox    370 Nil Advance Payment or less Increased by 99   (69 Automatics  Increased by 252).

 

April 1st 2018: The Motability search tool can be found here  it should be live now but as of 5.30 am 1st April it is not. Search working intermittently at 6.55 am.

 

March 29th 2018: Confirmed: XC40 will join Scheme on 1st April with a limited range headed by the T3 petrol. The Mitsibushi Outlander PHEV is also new this quarter. Full details of latest price changes will be posted here: http://www.whichmobilitycar.co.uk/q2-new-motability-prices-1st-april-2018/

 

March 26th 2018: 2807 vehicles avaialbleIncreased by 44.    1035 of which are automatic gearbox Increased by 252     361 Nil AP or less    (67 Automatics ).

 

March 21st 2018: New cars for Q2 (dependent on final pricing agreements in some cases) – Volvo XC40, Volkswagen T-Roc and Golf SV.  Cars not joining in Q2  –  Nissan Leaf (Electric), Renault Zoe (Electric) and Citroen DS7

 

March 19th 2018: 2803 vehicles avaialble Increased by 2517.    1033 of which are automatic gearbox Increased by 2511     361 Nil AP or less reduced by 61   (67 Automatics ).

 

March 14th 2018: 2786 vehicles avaialble reduced by 610.    1022 of which are automatic gearbox Increased by 254     362 Nil AP or less Increased by 251   (67 Automatics ).

 

March 10th 2018: BMW are making changes to the X1, changing the gearbox in the automatic front wheel drive cars to a 7 speed dual cutch, resulting in a reduction of X1’s on the scheme. The X1 xdrive 20i xline will also cease production in May. This gearbox change will be phased into Mini cars over the coming months.

 

March 6th 2018: SMMT announce February car sales decease by 2.8% year on year. 11 months in a row sales have decreased. We have a look behind the headline numbers: here

 

March 5th 2018:  Work and Pensions and Treasury Committees hold joint session on the Motability Scheme’s finances and executive pay. Upshot is the  National Audit Office will take a look.  Letter here or watch here

2796 vehicles avaialble Increased by 2525.    1018 of which are automatic gearbox      361 Nil AP or less reduced by 66   (67 Automatics reduced by 44).

 

March 1st – 3th 2018:  The ‘Beast from the East’ and Storm Emma combine to bring snow, winds and freezing temperatures, closing motorways and roads across the UK.

 

February 28th 2018: Geneva Motor show lineup (First look at new models to be released later in the year or early 2019) Mazda 6, Mercedes A-Class, Citroen Berlingo/Peugeot Rifter, Kia Ceed, Hyundai Kona Electric, Honda CRV and Toyota Auris.

 

February 27th 2018: Toyota CH-R prices return to 1st January 2018 level, Prices now start at £495 AP for 1.2 Petrol

 

February 26th 2018: Toyota CH-R price drop, a rare event prices change mid quarter, Prices start at £195 AP for 1.2 Petrol

2771 vehicles avaialble, 1018 of which are automatic gearbox. 367 Nil AP or less (71 Automatics).

 

February 23rd 2018: Vauxhall Insignia Country Tourer added

 

February 21st 2018: Volkswagen Motability send an email stating that the 7 seat Tiguan allspace is avaialble only for it to be ‘fake news’ we suspect it will be avaialble for Q2 pricing on April 1st.

 

February 21st 2018: Peugeot 5008 GT Line Premium added

 

February 15th 2018: Lord Sterling, who co-founded Motability in 1977, wrote to Esther Mcvay outlining the “litany of inaccuracies” in the comments made by her and fellow MPs in a debate earlier this month to be “deeply troubling”. Neil Johnson, Chairman of Motability Operations writes an equally frank letter.  See Letters here.

 

February 13th 2018: Stratstone MINI Tyneside increase discount to up to £500. Amber Taylor 0191 234 5500 amber.taylor@stratstone.com (you have to travel to dealership to place an order)

 

February 8th 2018: Esther McVey, Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, calls for the the national audit office to look into the finances and pay policy of the Motability charity.

 

February 8th 2018: Labour’s John Mann MP (along with a collection of other MP’s) stands up in Parliament and makes an urgent request which is riddled with inaccuracies. Transcript 

 

February 5th 2018: Daily Mail publish a article where they confuse Motability the Charity and Motability Operations that causes division and hatred amongst readers.

 

30th January 2018: Hyundai Kona added

 

24th January 2o18: MG-ZS added

 

17th January 2018: Mazda CX-5 added

 

12th January 2018: £300 discount on MINI from Stratstone MINI Tyneside, Amber Taylor 0191 234 5500 amber.taylor@stratstone.com (you have to travel to dealership to place an order)

 

10th January 2018: VW Marshalls Oxford 01235 424242 chris.allsopp@marshall.co.uk or kitman.wong@marshall.co.uk offer £500 discount on VW Tiguan and discount on other VW cars too. (you have to travel to dealership to place an order) more info here: https://forum.whichmobilitycar.co.uk/forums/topic/cashback/

 

1st January 2018: New Prices released for Q1 2018 (Winter). New Pricing guidelines: vehicles with a retail value up to £35000 (Auto) can now join the scheme, BHP limits introduced at 200bhp and 225bhp for Hybrid cars, Advance Payments limit for Automatics increased to a maximum £3750 and £2999 for Manual Cars. Full details here: http://www.whichmobilitycar.co.uk/new-motability-prices-q1-winter-1st-january-2018/

New cars added: Skoda Kodiaq, VW Polo, Mini Countryman Hybrid, Audi Q2, Jeep Compass, BMW 2 Series Coupe, Renault Koleos, Skoda Karoq, Mitsibushi Eclipse Cross, Ford Mondeo Hybrid