The “hot hatch” concept — sporty but practical, with plenty of horsepower — is being swallowed by (what else?) S.U.V.s.
The country’s stance would seem to put it on the wrong side of market trends. But with its huge investment in gasoline-electric hybrids, it has big reasons to proceed slowly.
Lacking a strong domestic battery industry, Britain may be left behind by the shift to electric cars.
Carmakers can’t buy the semiconductors they need because home electronics are taking all the supply.
Honda’s plant in England was forced to halt operations because its parts hadn’t arrived. Soon U.K. ports will face a mountain of customs declarations.
Dealerships have long resisted e-commerce, but with many showrooms closed, the dynamic is changing.