Smart has opened reservations for the new #1 small electric SUV, which will be sold through a combination of direct-to-consumer and retailer agency sales. Lease and PCP programmes are being handled by ALD, in a system that requires no paper contracts.

Twenty two Smart retailers are currently operating the agency model, with further expansion planned.

“In combining a quick, convenient, direct-to-consumer model with the expertise and guidance of a nationwide retailer network, smart really is offering customers the best of both worlds,” said David Browne, Smart UK CEO.

He added Smart is soon to begin a tour of UK retailers to give both new and existing customers the chance to see the new #1.