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Monthly Newsletter - April

Available from the summer, the coupe-SUV is to be built exclusively in Britain and is the third model to be launched at the Solihull manufacturing plant in just two years.Positioned between the Evoque and the Range Rover Sport, the Velar looks to exemplify elegant simplicity while touching on the hallmarks that have made the brand such a popular one.

At launch, Range Rover has announced a wide variety of engines. The most basic unit, available only with Standard and S trim, will be a four-cylinder diesel producing 178bhp and 430Nm of torque - enough for a 0-60mph time of 8.4 seconds and CO2 emissions of just 142g/km.At the higher end there’s a V6 diesel with 296bhp and 700Nm which can hit 0-60 in 6.1 seconds, albeit with increased CO2 emissions coming in at 167g/km.The Velar will also be offered with a choice of petrol engines, including a four-cylinder unit producing 247bhp and 365Nm of torque, as well as a supercharged 3.0-litre V6 which has 375bhp and 450Nm of torque. With CO2 emissions of 214g/km it means it will be more expensive to run than any of the diesels though.

Applying to all new cars registered on or after April 1, 2017, many previously tax exempt cars will now have to pay up. The only vehicles that will be free to tax will be zero emission cars that cost less than £40,000.

Bizarrely, buyers of economical small cars and hybrids will face the biggest tax hike – in some cases, more than nine times what they’re paying now.

The BVRLA’s latest quarterly survey of its members found that the business car and van leasing fleet grew by 6.6% year-on-year in the last quarter of 2016. When it comes to the total car leasing fleet, members reported that this expanded much faster than the business car fleet at 12% year-on-year. Of note is that personal contract hire contributed to 49% of this growth.

Elsewhere, the association’s leasing broker statistics have highlighted the importance of the broker channel when it comes to choosing a new vehicle. According to the survey, leasing brokers signed 27% more new contracts in 2016 than they did in previous 12 months.Of the total contracts, 70.6% are car contracts and 29.4% are van contracts – this compares to 71.5% cars and 28.5% vans at the end of 2015.

5. Volkswagen Tiguan

The Volkswagen Tiguan arrived at a time when practicality, performance, comfort and versatility were all high on driver’s needs, and it continues to steadily grow in popularity as a result.

4. Nissan Qashqai

The Nissan Qashqai not only kickstarted the craze for crossovers but has dominated the segment ever since its arrival.

3. Mercedes-Benz A-Class

The A-Class has been around a while now, but its popularity increases as each year passes. Having undergone a refresh last year, this premium hatchback remains a go-to choice for leasers.

2. Volkswagen Golf

With an update due this year which will introduce a new engine, a host of interior tech and give the exterior a minor restyle, we’d be surprised if the Golf didn’t continue to dominate the leasing market,

1. Mercedes-Benz C-Class

The C-Class offers drivers a classy interior, fun driving dynamics and cheap running costs as well as easy to use tech.

Apart from images of the TT Offroad concept, no further details have been released about the Q4, other than that we can expect it to be in showrooms by 2019.If it goes down the same route as the Q8 however, we can speculate it’ll be available as a hybrid plug-in version with a range of up to 31 miles.

A racy RSQ4 is also touted to feature after launch as well, while conventional models will be available with an all-new 1.5-litre range of petrols and diesels, as well as improved variants of the 2.0-litre diesels found in the current Q3.It’s set to be available with the same new interior features of the Q8 too, which includes improved high-resolution displays and gesture-controlled infotainment systems.