Ssangyong confirms first EVs, BVRLA van supply warning, Polestar adds service network

Ssangyong’s first EV coming to the UK this October

Ssangyong will launch its first EV in the UK this October as part of an acceleration of its new model development dubbed a “self-rescue” effort in the wake of recent financial difficulties.

The Korando e-Motion SUV has been delayed from its original plan of arriving in 2020, a year after the petrol and diesel Korando was launched.

Three more electric vehicles are in the pipeline, with Ssangyong confirming plans for a another EV SUV to sit between the Korando and larger Rexton off-roader in 2022, and an electric pick-up also under development. An electric Tivoli crossover is also reportedly planned for 2024.

Vehicle supply issues risk economic recovery: BVRLA

The British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association has warned that its members are growing concerned about vehicle supply, especially vans, with over 90% of respondents to its latest Business Impact Survey saying that the current supply of petrol and diesel vans was a barrier to meeting customer needs. Within that, 41% said the barrier was “extreme”, and 84% of respondents said supply of vehicles was getting worse.

The survey also found 90% of respondents said that they expect the economy to improve over the next six months, with 70% anticipating improvements for the leasing sector and 75% expect the rental sector to improve.

Polestar adds 100 authorised service centres to network

Swedish electric premium brand Polestar has added 100 authorised service points to its UK network across the British Isles, using sister brand Volvo’s network to add to the company’s nationwide Polestar 2 2021collect and deliver offering for service, maintenance or repair work.

“With our digital retail model we knew it would be crucial to provide our customers with a reliable and established service network from day one,” comments Head of Polestar UK, Jonathan Goodman. “With our strategic connection to Volvo Cars, we have enabled access to their service network which means that Polestar owners benefit from the Volvo service footprint all over the UK.”

The company is also to open what it described as new “test drive locations” including Daventry, Cambridge, Harrogate this summer, adding to the existing site in Milton Keynes.

 

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