UK car buyers are spoilt for choice across all segments, from a new version of the Kia Picanto in the city car category to a brand-new Toyota Yaris Cross entering the extremely competitive small SUV category looking to rival the likes of the Nissan Juke and Skoda Kamiq. Inspired by some of the larger SUVs from the Toyota brand such as the RAV4, it complements the existing C-HR from their line-up. Despite sharing its name, the Cross’s design is a step away from the Yaris, but the powertrain is the same. Using a hybrid system of a 1.5 litre petrol engine and the power from its new lithium-ion battery – it’s an exciting option for someone looking to make a greener choice when it comes to their next car but not ready to take the full leap to complete electric.
For those ready to do so, but also needing something small, there is the new Fiat 500 EV. This is the very first all-electric car from Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, a model to be marketed as the ‘New 500’ and sold alongside the existing petrol hybrid model. With a driving range of nearly 200 miles from the 42kWh version and just as stylish as its MINI Electric and Honda-e rivals, it is looking to set a new standard in terms of driving range for a tiny EV.
Making up for lost time, it seems the UK motor industry is looking to draw a line under 2020 and focus on the future. Used car platform, Exchange and Mart, is looking forward to seeing these models hit the used car market and are looking ahead with plans for a comprehensive guide to Electric and Hybrid cars in the works and launching dealer videos to enhance the at-home buying experience for their users.
Dawn Sweeney, Managing Director of Exchange and Mart, said “Like everyone in the motor industry we felt the effects of the pandemic in 2020, but we’re looking ahead.”
“We are excited by the launch of many new car models this year and are releasing an 8-page supplement across our hundreds of local news brands, exploring these new models. On top of that, we have just launched dealer videos on our site meaning that users can get a closer look at used car stock from the comfort of their own home.”
Exchange and Mart will be joining the rest of the motor industry bracing for massive pent-up demand when current lockdown restrictions are eased, repeating a similar trend seen back in June 2020. This combined with the SMMT and National Franchised Dealers Association (NFDA) calling for “COVID-safe” showrooms to be opened as soon as possible and Trading Standards recently confirming that test drives could take place if a deposit is taken first, it looks like a successful few months ahead.