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Mar 6: Ukrainian minister puts pressure on Shell; British nationals told to leave Russia; Further price pressure for households; New single-motor engine for C40

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Time 6:57 am, March 6, 2022

Doesn’t Russian oil smell of Ukrainian blood, Kyiv minister asks Shell

Ukraine’s foreign minister has criticised Shell for buying oil from Russia and called on the public to demand big companies cut all business ties with Vladimir Putin’s country.

The oil giant confirmed it made a purchase of crude oil on Friday but said it had “no alternative” in this instance and described the decision as ‘difficult’.

Dmytro Kuleba hit out publicly, asking the firm on Twitter: ‘Doesn’t Russian oil smell Ukrainian blood for you?’

It comes after Shell announced on Monday plans to sell its stake in all joint ventures with Russian partner Gazprom, calling the Ukrainian invasion “senseless” and a threat to European security.

New single motor version for C40

Volvo has introduced a new single-motor version of its electric C40 Recharge while refreshing the design of its XC40 range.

Sitting alongside the existing dual-motor variant, the new model combines a single motor with a 69kWh battery to deliver up to 269 miles between charges. The more powerful version, for context, has a range of up to 273 miles but uses a larger 75kWh battery.

However, the single motor’s charging capability means that a 10 to 80 per cent charge can be conducted in 32 minutes when connected to a rapid charger.

British nationals told to leave Russia

British nationals who are still in Russia have been told they should leave if it is not essential they stay in the country.

The Foreign Office updated its advice on Saturday to say Britons should use the remaining commercial routes to flee the nation.

A post on the Foreign Office website said: ‘If your presence in Russia is not essential, we strongly advise that you consider leaving by remaining commercial routes.’

2022 T-roc interior

New Volkswagen T-Roc prices and spec announced

Volkswagen’s updated T-Roc has gone on sale, with prices starting from £25,000.

The revisions – which have been applied to both five-door and cabriolet models – tweak the front-end design of the T-Roc with new headlights which seem to blend into the chrome grille accents. The air inlets have also been reshaped and are connected together by a black trim piece.

The tail lights have also been given new LED graphics, while the rear bumper has been reprofiled too.

Household budgets under further pressure after stamp and petrol price hike

Soaring inflation is continuing to bite for British households as petrol prices struck new record highs and the cost of everyday items such as stamps jumped further.

Financial experts have warned that ‘at some point soon consumers will not be able to cope with even higher prices’ as the conflict in Ukraine helps to stoke the cost of living crisis further.

Data from Experian Catalist said the average cost of a litre of petrol at UK forecourts reached a new high of 153.50p on Thursday, up from 152.20p on Wednesday.

Tractor collections

Tractor fan’s collection could fetch £500,000

A man who sought out tractors that reminded him of his youth on a farm is to sell his prized collection at auction, where it is estimated they could fetch around £500,000 in total.

Aidan Strain, who lives in the village of Mullaghbawn near Newry, Northern Ireland, amassed more than 80 of the classic and vintage machines over the last 30 years.

The 64-year-old, who runs an electrical engineering firm, said he is selling the collection to allow for the growth of his business.

‘I will be sad to see the tractors go but always knew this day would come,’ he said.

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Rebecca has been a motoring and business journalist since 2014, previously writing and presenting for titles such as the Press Association, Auto Express and Car Buyer. She has worked in many roles for Car Dealer Magazine’s publisher Blackball Media including head of editorial.

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