UK leasing comparison site Leasing.com has partnered with Bauer Media to become the exclusive provider of leasing deals for CAR magazine.

The partnership will enable CAR’s online users to access new car leasing offers through the magazine’s website. CAR has also launched a dedicated EV leasing hub to provide readers with a selection of EV leasing offers as consumers increasingly shift to the electric vehicle market.

The partnership coincides with increased consumer demand for leasing as the country exits lockdown and the economy opens up. Despite a difficult past 12 months for new car sales, data from the British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association (BVRLA) showed that broker-originated new car sales on personal contract hire (PCH) reached a record high in 2020.

Recent SMMT data also revealed that 2020 was the best year for battery electric vehicles, with a 6.6% share in the 2020 car market, rising from 1.6% in 2019.

Paul Harrison, head of strategic partnerships at Leasing.com, said: “I am thrilled to announce our partnership with Bauer Media, which follows a successful trial in 2020. CAR is a well-established and well regarded automotive brand in the UK and our partnership means that we can introduce leasing to CAR’s audience across a variety of activities, including electric vehicles.

“Our partnership with Bauer Media continues our strategy of extending the reach of our brand and taking leasing to new in-market consumer audiences.”

Charlie Calton-Watson, chief digital officer at Bauer Media, added: “With the adoption of electric vehicles, consumers returning to a post-pandemic world, car financing options multiplying and Brexit disruption all colliding, we are in the midst of mass change in the UK car market. And it is becoming clear that leasing will continue to grow as modern and easy way to get behind the wheel.

“CAR’s heritage has always been in embracing new technology and change within the automotive landscape – and in making that easy for car buyers to navigate and enjoy.  Our partnership with Leasing.com is a natural extension to our trusted content that will provide UK motorists with access to this rapidly growing financing model.”

Bauer Media joins the growing number of industry partners that Leasing.com now works with, including comparison site Confused.com, media group Autovia and industry review website Honest John.

Recent data from Leasing.com saw enquiries for the Cupra Formentor jump 110% in April, taking the vehicle to fourth place on the platform’s leasing league table.