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Peugeot Just Add Fuel for 18 year olds extended to 208, 2008

Peugeot 208Peugeot has extended its Just Add Fuel telematics insurance deal for 18 year olds to the 208 supermini and 2008 crossover range – meaning teenagers can now drive one of the firm’s most popular models for a one-off, all-inclusive fee.

First introduced for 18 year olds on the 108, the telematics-based Just Add Fuel deal has already seen an increase in teenagers signing up for a new Peugeot, report dealers: broadening it to the firm’s highest-volume cars will accelerate this further.

The full range of 208 and 2008 models are available too with the obvious exception of the fruity 208 GTi hot hatch variants. The offer is also now available in Northern Ireland.

It’s the latest step in the Just Add Fuel ‘retail car lease’ scheme that, since its launch in 2010, has got more than 30,000 Brits into a new Peugeot for a fixed-payment three-year term (with a 4.9% APR rate).

Servicing, road fund licence and roadside assistance are all included – as is car insurance. It’s the addition of telematics insurance to Just Add Fuel that’s made it possible for Peugeot to offer it to higher-risk teenage drivers.

It doesn’t mean teenage Peugeot Just Add Fuel drivers have a free pass though: because telematics monitors and stores driving activity, it’s able to keep an eye on how safely the driver is.

If the score falls below a pre-agreed level, the driver gets a warning. Receive four warnings in a year and the insurance policy is cancelled. You have been warned…

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Ford revises Mondeo range and launches new £16k bargain

… FORD RATIONALISES MONDEO LINE: CUTS PRICES, UPS VALUE …

Ford has rationalised the Mondeo range by cutting back on trim variants, improving equipment levels, reducing prices – and launching a bargain new entry-level range.

The Ford Mondeo range now opens at just £15,995 for the 120hp 1.6 TI-VCT Graphite – that’s £310 LESS than a 105hp Ford Focus Edge!

The Graphite, which is also offered in 1.6T 160 EcoBoost petrol plus either a 1.6 TDCi 115 or 2.0 TDCi 140 diesel, isn’t even a stripped-back special, either.

It includes 17-inch alloys, air con, LED running lights, Bluetooth, Quickclear heated windscreen and all-round electric windows. Diesel models get sports suspension and the 1.6 TDCi even gets a rear spoiler.

At the other end of the range, Ford has cut back on the array of Titanium-badged models. Now, there’s simply Titanium X Business Edition and Titanium X Sport: both get sat nav as standard, while the Business Edition model gets full leather trim and a much better retained value, despite costing £1500 LESS than the car it replaces.

The standard Zetec has also been ditched, leaving only the Zetec Business Edition to make things simpler for the fleet drivers it’s been created to attract.

Company car users will find more to like with a revised range of engines: CO2 emissions for the 2.0-litre TDCi have been cut to 119g/km – that’s in both 140hp and 163hp guise, meaning both also average over 61mpg.

That cuts VED from £105 a year to just £30.

Ford says it’s intentionally focusing on both private and fleet buyers with the revised Mondeo range. The bargain-price Graphite has been designed to appeal in the retail market, with those Focus-challenging prices expected to draw plenty of interest.

Indeed, this actually means it’s the previous entry-level car, the Edge, that now appears the weakest model in the line-up. This doesn’t have sat nav as an option (it’s £1700 extra) and costs just £1000 less than the Zetec Business Edition that DOES have nav as standard.

Confused as to why Ford hasn’t taken the opportunity to rationalise things further? So are we… /By Richard Aucock

Motoring Research has the revised range of Mondeo hatchbacks in our database now: follow the link to see what a bargain that Graphite model is…

MG: £2500 finance deal creates the £199 MG6

… MG OFFERS £2500 CASH BOUNTY TO HELP DRIVE FALLING SALES …

MG Motor is offering up to £2500 off the finance deposit for an MG6 in its latest effort to help drive sales.

The Birmingham-based brand suffered a hefty 82 per cent sales decline in the key new car sales month of March, with registrations plunging from 236 to just 41 cars.

To help turn around this huge sales decline, the firm is offering £2500 off the deposit of an MG6 GT SE and TSE 1.8T petrol bought on finance through MG Finance.

Those who choose the far preferable diesel will get a lesser £600 contribution, reflecting which is the choice MG6 model…

This means the thirsty petrol car can be bought from £199 a month, with the DTI-Tech cars costing from £249 a month.

The firm is also highlighting the continued availability of the MG6 BTCC Edition: the creative special edition carries extras worth up to £1000 – or, as we reported last year for MSN Cars, ‘money can’t buy’ extras such as a trip to a BTCC race and a chat with Jason Plato.

Elsewhere, the firm is also cleverly showing off the strong 1600kg towing capacity of the MG6 DTI-Tech by offering a free Witter tow bar with every diesel model sold. Again, more creative thinking that may win favour in the Caravan Club’s annual (and influential) Tow Car of the Year Awards… /By Richard Aucock