Nissan has reduced the price of the Nissan Micra by £1755. The entry-level Visia model is available from £7995, making it more competitive against the Fiat Panda and Volkswagen Up. All models now include Bluetooth and an auxiliary audio input as standard. All other models in the Micra range are significantly cheaper: Acenta models start at £9995, Acenta Connect £10,495, Elle £11,195 and Tekna £11,595.
Hertz has launched an extended test drive/car rental programme. Hertz Rent2Buy allows prospective buyers to take a test drive for up to 10 days, which is provided free-of-charge if the car tested is purchased. If the buyer decides the vehicle is not for them, it is treated as a standard rental Hertz says the cars are “often” priced at less than book price. Its vehicles are fully serviced and have covered between 12,000 to 15,000 miles.
The Subaru XV has received the highest possible rating in the American Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). The “good” rating is the top rank across all of its tests. Earlier this year, it was awards five stars by Euro NCAP, and received a 90 per cent score of child occupant protection. Subaru is the only car maker to with the IIHS’ ‘Top Safety Pick’ awards for its entire range.