Motability is supported by most of the UK’s major car manufacturers. Here, some of the leading figures tell us why Motability matters to them.
Jack Munford, Key Account Leasing Manager at BMW Group UK
Our long-standing partnership with Motability remains as strong as ever in these challenging times. We aim to help customers find their perfect BMW or MINI as easily as possible, with plenty of choice from the compact MINI Hatch to the practical BMW X1 and 3 Series Touring. All our models offer renowned driving dynamics and a high level of standard specification as well as latest connected technologies that include voice activation and the MyBMW and MyMINI apps. The many qualified Motability specialists across our BMW and MINI centres aim to help customers every step of the way and the resident Product Genius will ensure they get the most from their new car. In the current circumstances, customers can also be assured that our centres operate the latest government Covid safety guidelines, with virtual appointments and socially distanced ‘click and collect’ services.
Jason Maynard, Head of Commercial Actions at Citroen UK
Citroën is proud to be a long-standing partner of the Motability Scheme. We offer our full range of vehicles, including the New C3 supermini, our SUV range with C3 Aircross and C5 Aircross, all the way up to the seven-seat Grand C4 SpaceTourer, and Berlingo XL.
We were excited to introduce the New C4 range in November 2020, with petrol or Diesel power, or
as a full electric vehicle in the form of New ë-C4. New C4 and ë-C4 benefit from the Citroën Advanced Comfort programme, with exceptionally comfortable seats, a smooth ride and all the latest technologies. Each of our retailers has a Motability specialist to welcome customers and provide great service. Our retailer colleagues have adapted their premises to ensure each Citroën location is COVID-secure for all customers. If you prefer, you can even choose home delivery for your new car. We look forward to welcoming new and returning customer to Citroën.
Neil McNichol, National Motability Manager at FCA Group
2021 is an exciting year for us at Fiat Chrysler. In April we will see the UK launch of our first full electric vehicle with the all new Fiat 500, bringing with it some astonishing leaps in technology, fully automatic, more room and up to 199 miles of range from a single charge. At FCA, we already offer a wide variety of choice on the Motability scheme from Jeep, Alfa Romeo, Fiat and Abarth and we anticipate that the new 500 will bring additional benefits to our Motability customers; not least in helping to reduce the environmental impact on the planet.
Dave Bolwell, National Leasing, Rental & Motability Manager at Honda
At Honda, Motability is an intrinsic part of our business. Throughout our network of over 130 dealers, the Motability specialists consistently thrive to be the best in the industry and feedback from customers backs this up. Honda have models on the scheme to suit every need and budget – the new Jazz Hybrid and Jazz Crosstar Hybrid have proven to be even more popular than the previous model and the growing desire for SUV product has seen the new CRV Hybrid go from strength to strength. The Civic gives class leading space and a sporty driving experience whilst the brand new, fully electric Honda e has set new benchmarks in standard technology on a car and offers zero-emission driving. In 2021, we look forward to another strong year in partnership with Motability.
Anthony Jones, Hyundai Product Planning
As a brand known for our commitment to creating a lower carbon world, Hyundai is proud to offer one of the broadest ranges of electrified models available on the Motability scheme. The award-winning Kona is our compact SUV with a big personality. In full electric format, Kona Electric has a range of up to 300 miles and is now available on the Motability scheme. It received Which? Best Buy in 2019 and was also previously hailed ‘Best Small Family Car’ in the Top Gear Electric Awards, or you can choose the stylish and efficient IONIQ in self-charging hybrid or full electric formats. Motability customers are eligible for a free home charge unit which means you can plug in when you get home and start every journey fully charged. And unlike some manufacturers, Hyundai has good availability of electric and hybrid cars which means customers could be experiencing the benefits of zero emissions driving within a matter of weeks. For more information, please speak with your local Hyundai dealer.
Gary Curran, National Leasing and Rental Manager at Kia
At Kia, we are proud to be loyal supporters of the Motability Scheme, helping customers enjoy stress free, independent motoring with our award winning range of cars. We are here to help find the perfect vehicle that meets their unique motoring needs and fits their lifestyle. With cars on the scheme like Picanto, Ceed, Niro, XCeed and Sportage we believe we have something for everyone, offering reliable, safe and enjoyable driving. We have also expanded our hybrid and plug-in-hybrid vehicles available on the scheme, with more to follow. Customers speaking with or visiting our dealer network (when able) will be met with exceptional customer service by our fully qualified Motability specialists right through the process. Our dealerships across the UK follow government social distancing guidelines and we’ve put in place new rules and procedures to ensure the safety of our customers and colleagues at all times.
Stephen Tomlinson, Head of Fleet Operations at Mazda
Recognising the importance of personal mobility for all, Mazda UK is delighted to offer a selection of vehicles on the Motability scheme, something we have been proud to do for many years. Vehicles available include a selection of Mazda2, Mazda3, CX-30 and CX-5 Mild Hybrid models as well as the all new Mazda MX-30 battery electric vehicle, which is available from March 2021.
Geraint Isaac, National Fleet Sales Manager at MG
MG is delighted to have a continued relationship with the Motability Scheme that provides anyone with a disability the access to a new car. MG is pleased to offer two EV models and one PHEV model, together with all petrol derivatives. The ZS EV is available from nil advance payment currently and MG5 EV – the only fully electric SW in the market currently, is available with a £599 advance payment. This demonstrates not only MG’s commitment to provide vehicles that are accessible to all potential customers but combining these with environmentally friendly motoring. Motability is a key part of MG’s business and as we look to grow our overall volumes, we anticipate a continued growing relationship with the charity. All our franchised network understands MG’s commitment and is fully engaged in supporting Motability customers old and new.
Arun Gulati, Marketing Planning Manager at Nissan
Our long-standing relationship with Motability continues to strengthen with competitive offerings each quarter and we are committed to providing great service. The Nissan range aims to provide the freedom for our customers to move around with connected technology and peace of mind to ensure the best driving experience. Customers can choose from the award winning all-electric LEAF, the best-selling vehicle on the Motability scheme the Nissan Qashqai, the Nissan Juke and many more. Nissan has an extensive dealer network providing Motability customers the services they require to keep mobile in a car of their choice. With the Nissan portfolio expanding over the coming year, there is a lot to get excited about.
Maxime Bailly, Head of Commercial Actions at Peugeot
Peugeot has a longstanding history with Motability as one of the founding members, when the scheme was formed. Since then, we’ve continuously supported the charity and strongly believe in manufacturing cars that are accessible to everyone. Peugeot is proud to offer customers a wide variety of Motability vehicles, from the compact 108 and multi-award winning 208, all the way up to our SUV range, which now includes the family- sized New 3008 and seven-seater New 5008. Customers opting for zero-emission driving can also access Peugeot’s full electric e-208 and all-new e-2008 on the scheme. Across our network of 180 retailers, we have a team of friendly, accredited experts on hand to provide specialist advice and to discuss the options which best suit your needs.
Craig Cavanagh, Head of Fleet at Seat
The Motability scheme is playing a pivotal role in keeping drivers mobile. It has been a lifeline for thousands, enabling drivers to make essential trips during the pandemic, and to go about their daily lives when restrictions ease. Now offering an extensive range of practical and stylish vehicles that offer exceptional build quality, there is a Seat for every Motability user. With the brand’s first seven-seater, the Tarraco, Seat now has a family of award-winning SUVs, and offers a number of plug-in hybrid options. The acclaimed all-new Leon was recently introduced with petrol, diesel and hybrid powertrains, while for those who want to go fully electric, the Mii electric city car is compact and efficient.
Andy Thomas, Sales Operations – Rental and Mobility Manager at Skoda
Skoda is committed to making its cars accessible to all as part of the Motability scheme. Having a safe, reliable and comfortable car makes a significant difference to the wellbeing of scheme members. Our models are engineered to provide flexibility and function while offering a spacious high quality interior for which the brand has become renowned. Throughout the pandemic our retailers have operated within government and Motability guidelines and continue to offer socially distanced sales and servicing facilities where possible. During this period, we have also made available our latest models to scheme members including the multi award-winning all-new Octavia. The safety of our customers remains a top priority and as we continue to navigate through these difficult times Skoda will work closely with Motability to ensure we provide a quality service to our joint customers.
Lee Giddings, Contract Hire, Leasing & Motability Manager at Suzuki
Suzuki and Motability go back a long way, with thousands of happy customers taking advantage of the scheme. And now 100% of Suzuki’s car range is hybrid, so they save you money and help you be more eco- friendly. Suzuki has worked with Motability for many years and has always been proud that customers have enjoyed stress-free driving with its range of award-winning cars. Mobility is key to a sense of independence and freedom.
Andy Vincent, Motability Sales and Marketing Manager at Vauxhall
As proud founder members of Motability, Vauxhall continue to lead the way in helping people remain independent and get out and about. Vauxhall provide a number of competitively priced vehicles from small cars to large 9-seaters, with many starting at nil advance payment. Our SUV range with the Crossland, Grandland and New Mokka offer high seating position, space and loads of comfort. Our electric range is extending rapidly; the Corsa-e is now accompanied with the Mokka-e for those wanting an SUV and the Vivaro-e for those needing up to nine seats. We’ve an extensive dealer network and a dedicated, knowledgeable call centre, so pop in or call us today.