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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