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Stock check: Skoda's new online facility will cut waiting times for popular models like the Kodiaq

Stock check: Skoda's new online facility will cut waiting times for popular models like the Kodiaq

Stock check: Skoda's new online facility will cut waiting times for popular models like the Kodiaq

Skoda here has rolled out an innovative 'stock check' element on its website. It lets you see exactly what new models are available - and where.

As of now, it shows there are almost 750 new models in stock. The check facility means would-be buyers can not only identify the car they want but also see where/how far away it is.

It reckons this will cut down the waiting time for more popular models such as the Kodiaq.

* FANCY an electric BMW 5-series?

The next-generation of the sought-after motor will have a battery-electric powertrain as well as petrol, diesel and plug-in hybrid power sources. So will the X1.

It's all part of the company's attempt to introduce 25 electrified models by 2023. It plans on reducing CO2 emissions for each vehicle by one-third at least by 2030.

But doesn't the term 'electric 5-series' have a ring to it all the same?

And in its way it shows why experts are predicting that as many as one-third of all new cars sold around the world will be electrified by the end of the decade. The prediction comes from Deloitte. It estimates we, globally, will be buying 31.1 million electrified vehicles each year by 2030. That is a substantial 10 million more than previously forecast.

However, we need to make the point that they are talking 'electrified' which includes PHEVs and hybrids as well as 'pure' electric vehicles.

They reckon electrified motor purchases will reach 2.5 million this year despite the contractions wrought by the coronavirus crisis globally.

They estimate a near-30pc compound annual growth rate.

And by 2030 they forecast that pure EVs will comprise 80pc or so of all new electrified cars sold.

One of the reasons is the expanding range of new, more affordable EVs coming on the market.

* IT'S sad to hear that Mitsubishi is freezing the introduction of new models to the Irish and European markets. 

Understandably, the Irish distributors say they are "disappointed". 

They also say: "We will continue to sell our existing models and look after our existing and future customers through our dedicated after-sales and service departments."

Mitsubishi was first introduced here in 1984 and quickly built a reputation for reliability and engineering.

Now, the global company plans to focus on investment in core markets where it sees potential.

Sales of existing models will continue in what is being viewed as the beginning of a gradual withdrawal from Europe.

More immediately it means the new Eclipse Cross plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) and the next-generation Outlander PHEV will not make it to European or Irish showrooms.

And that's a real pity.

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