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Round-Up: New Toyota SUV planned, EV registrations up in 2019, FCA management changes

Iain Montgomery replaces Andrew Waite as FCA's new fleet boss

New small Toyota SUV planned

B-SUV-1000x536Toyota has announced plans to build a new small SUV based on the same platform that its Yaris uses.

Little is known about the new model beyond the sketch pictured to the right at this stage and the firm said the name of the new model, volume plans and the timing of its introduction will be announced at a future date.

“This model will add to the success of Yaris in Europe and together we expect these vehicles will account for around 30% of the Toyota sales volume in the region by 2025,” said Matthew Harrison, Toyota Motor Europe executive vice president. “This is not just a Yaris with body cladding and raised suspension, but an entirely new and distinctive SUV model with a compact, dynamic design and a personality of its own.”

EV registrations grow in 2019

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The number of electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles registered last year increased by 21% compared with 2018’s figures, according to the Government and industry-backed Go Ultra Low Campaign.

In total, 72,834 EVs and PHEVs were registered, equating to one new electric car registration every seven minutes in the UK, it said.

For the first time, fully electric cars accounted for more than half of the plug-in market, with 52% of sales. This takes the number of 100% electric and plug-in hybrid cars registered in the UK to date to 271,524, it added.

FCA management changes

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Iain Montgomery replaces Andrew Waite as FCA’s new fleet boss

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has announced a number of changes to its senior management structure, with Damien Dally and Francesco Vanni joining to take on the roles of country manager for Jeep and Alfa Romeo, and Fiat and Abarth respectively.

Both will report into Arnaud Leclerc, managing director FCA UK & Ireland and their roles will start with immediate effect.

In addition, Iain Montgomery moves to the role of fleet and business sales director, having spent the last 18 months as sales director for passenger cars.  He replaces Andrew Waite who has left the company to pursue other interests, FCA said.