Two very different kinds of new cars are set to burst onto the Bermudian automobile scene later this spring.
HWP expects the Hyundai Veloster and the new Nissan March to be on its showroom floors within the next couple of months.
The Veloster oozes speed, sport and sophistication with its seamless smooth curves and modern accessories.
While the latest version of the March is a welcome upgrade on what has always been a popular family car for its reliability as well as practicality.
Both machines will appeal to very different sections of the population, but the fact that new cars are once again coming into the island is good news for an industry that has had to ride out a pretty rough couple of years.
The Veloster is a class G vehicle and will therefore set you back around $1,200 when you come to get it licensed and TCD’d.
It comes in at a very reasonable $33,500 for the simple automatic version.
Or you can pay an extra $1,500 for the sunroof model.
This two-door Hyundai sports 18-inch alloy wheels and is powered by a mighty 1.6-litre fuel injected engine.
But it’s not just a two-seat sports car. There is room for a couple of passengers in the back seats too.
It comes with all the luxury trimmings of a deluxe sports car including leather interior, electric windows, power steering and power mirrors.
There is a CD radio on board the Veloster and the capacity to connect your iPod in to the stereo system.
You can plug your cellphone into the internal computer to make use of the hands-free Bluetooth setting.
If you find the hot weather gets a little too much there is air conditioning, and if you are a little bit chilly on a winter’s morning the Hyundai also comes complete with front seat warmers.
This latest range of South Korean sports car is easy to park thanks to the rear camera, which sends a picture to the front digital display.
And it has the added luxury of push button start and keyless entry.
And just in case you were in any doubt that this is a genuine sports car there is the obligatory spoiler on the rear roof.
The Veloster may look like a flashy looking machine and it is sure to turn heads on the street, but it also has the functionality to make it durable as well as functional.
It comes in a range of colours including crystal white, sleek silver, sonic silver, phantom black, blue ocean, clean blue, veloster red, vitamin c and sunflower.
And it could be a real hit this summer.
Tony Martin, sales manager from HWP said: “This will be the only three-door vehicle on the market, which makes this very unique.
“Also this will be the least expensive sports coupe in Bermuda with the most standard features compared to the competition offer.
“It comes with rear camera, sensors, leather interior, smart start, keyless ignition and the availability of a full panorama glass sunroof as optional equipment.
“This will be the best-valued priced model of its kind in Bermuda.”
The new March is a different kettle of fish.
Its strongest points are its simplicity and the fact it is one of the cheapest cars on the road to run.
It is a class C vehicle, which means you will pay out around $550 every year, that comes in automatic and will cost you around $24,500 to drive away from the HWP show rooms.
Its 1.2-litre fuel injected engine is balanced by the Anti-lock Braking System and excellent traction control.
This new four-door model comes with power steering, power locks and power mirrors.
It has a good stereo system as well as air conditioning. The new March, like the old March, is a conventional car, but it does come with a few added extras like keyless entry and tilt steering.
Nissan has a good reputation for safety too and this model comes complete with air bags and a robust structure.
The March is expected to arrive on island this spring, and bosses at HWP will be hoping that the new model is just as popular as the old one.
But at heart this machine is a reliable family car.
It also comes in a range of colours including white, silver, black, dark red, grey, blue, orange and green.
Mr Martin added: “This will be the only class C vehicle on the market.
“This new March will be the only Japanese mid-size product under $25,000.
“And it would also be a great vehicle for seniors because of its size and the fact it falls within the free licence category.”