WHILE premium brands Volkswagen and Audi head the lead-gen ladder at broker lease deal aggregator, Leasing.com, it’s the supermini Corsa from British brand Vauxhall that is enticing visitors to the site.
During March, Leasing.com says the Corsa was the most requested personal lease car on its platform, beating off the Audi A3 and the Volkswagen Golf to the number 1 slot.
Smaller, more efficient cars are on the rise as we emerge from lockdown. This is predominantly due to cost saving measures and the way vehicles are being used. Many people are downsizing and saving money where they can. With flexible working, long commutes are no longer as common, so models that have been historically popular are losing their foothold and cost-effective leasing plans are on the rise.Paul Harrison, head of strategic partnerships, Leasing.com
In fact, according to latest SMMT figures, the Vauxhall Corsa was the UK’s best-selling car during Q1, while the electric Corsa-e performed equally strongly during March in the small Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) sector, said Vauxhall, now part of the Stellantis group.
Leasing.com added that Tesla was losing traction, not only to Corsa, but to Korean rivals Kia and Hyundai in the most popular EVs to lease from brokers, with Volkswagen and its new ID.3 model close behind.
Audi is top of the manufacturer ratings for March
In terms of overall manufacturer enquiries, Volkswagen and Audi head the field, followed by Land Rover, BMW, Volvo and Vauxhall in sixth. Mercedes was down in seventh.
Ralph Morton is the leading journalist in the leasing broker sector and editor of Broker News, the website which provides information and news for BVRLA-registered leasing brokers. He also writes extensively on the fleet and leasing market in both the UK and Europe.