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New car sales suffer modest drop in January

New car sales suffer modest drop in January

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The UK’s new car market has started the year with a decline, with diesel sales, in particular, taking the volume into negative territory. Sales in January were down by 1.6% compared to the same month last year according to the latest SMMT figures. A total of 161,013 new cars were registered for use on UK roads, with trends in fuel choice seen last year continuing into the first month of 2019. Following a decline in December, private demand increased by 2.9%, with 71,378 new cars registered in the month. However, demand from business and fleet buyers fell by 33.5% and 3.4% respectively.  Petrol demand grew in the month, by 7.3%, but the demise of the diesel market shows no sign of abating in 2019 with a contraction of 20.3% in January. This is the 22nd consecutive mo
Diesel is biggest casualty in poor 2018 car sales

Diesel is biggest casualty in poor 2018 car sales

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The UK’s new car market dropped by 6.8% in 2018 as CO2 levels in the country rose for the second year in succession. According to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), a total of 2,367,147 units were sold in the full twelve months. In December, the market fell by 5.5% compared to the same period in 2017. This capped a turbulent year of model changes, regulatory upheaval and continued anti-diesel policies, adding to ongoing declines in consumer and business confidence. The drop in diesel sales did not help, with December marking the 21st consecutive month of decline for the market. In 2018, diesel fell 29.6% to record a market share of just 31.7%. In December, the fuel fell 26.3%. This is despite new emissions tests showing diesels deliver in the real w
UK car market drops in November

UK car market drops in November

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New car sales in the UK fell again in November, according to the latest data released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). The figures reveal a modest 3% drop in the eleventh month of the year, with 158,639 units registered. The society blames stalling consumer confidence, supply delays due to the implementation of the new WLTP emissions test and model replacement by some manufacturers combined to affect overall sales. Reflecting recent trends, demand for petrol vehicles rose by 3.5%, while alternatively fuelled vehicle sales increased by 24.6%. However, these increases failed to offset a 16.7% decline in diesel sales as the market continues to suffer. Fleet registrations fell by 0.7%, with private sales down 6.4%. Business sales rose by 8.6% compared to t
UK registrations drop slightly in October

UK registrations drop slightly in October

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The UK’s new car market declined again in October as the market shows some signs of recovery following the introduction of WLTP. According to the latest figures released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), registrations in October fell by 2.9% with 153,599 vehicles sold. With various carmakers still struggling with model shortages due to the new emissions test regime, the figures suggest the spike in August and decline in September are helping to balance the market out. Declines were seen in both private and fleet sectors, with registrations down 1% and 5.2% respectively. Meanwhile, continuing uncertainty over government policy on diesel saw demand fall by a further 21.3%. Registrations of petrol cars rose 7.1%, while the market for alternatively fuelled veh
UK registrations crash as WLTP effect continues

UK registrations crash as WLTP effect continues

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Following a near-record August for sales, the UK’s new car market has slumped in September, as effects of WLTP continue to wreak havoc with registration figures. According to the latest data from the SMMT, September saw a 20.5% decline in sales. 338,834 vehicles were sold in the UK, during a month when new plates were available to buyers. This was down around 87,000 units on the previous year and coincides with the implementation of the new testing regime. The figures were the worst for September since 2011, and only slightly up in 2008 when the global economy crashed, and the automotive market suffered as a result. The impact was felt across the board, with registrations by private consumers, fleets and businesses all declining, by 20.1%, 22.4% and 6.3% respectively. Registra
August registrations jump as WLTP boosts figures

August registrations jump as WLTP boosts figures

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The UK car market saw a large amount of growth in August. However, the introduction of WLTP regulations on 1 September could have skewered the results. Demand in the month grew by 23.1%, according to results from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). A total of 94,094 vehicles were registered in what is often considered to be one of the smallest months of the year, before the UK’s plate change in September. The numbers suggest that the introduction of WLTP has had an effect, with dealers offering deals on stock, and manufacturers resorting to pre-registering vehicles. This avoids the need to look at expensive retrofitting of models already built, as new rules state all vehicles sold after 1 September 2018 need to be WLTP accredited. One example of how the figu
UK car sales rise again in July

UK car sales rise again in July

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The UK’s new car market returned to growth in July, with modest increases in sales as registrations continue to stabilise. According to figures released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), during the last month, new vehicle sales increased by 1.2%, with 163,898 units leaving dealer forecourts. This comes following a turbulent first six months of the year, where the market came out of a 12-month period of decline in April, only to suffer again in June with another sales drop. The market has continued its trend seen in the last few months, with diesel registrations falling by 24.4%, while petrol sales climbed by 20.1% and alternative fuel vehicles (AFV) growing 21%. Amongst these, the share of hybrids and plug-in hybrid (PHEV) reaching a record 6.5% market sha
SMMT figures reveal June drop in sales

SMMT figures reveal June drop in sales

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The UK’s new vehicle registration numbers have declined in June, following two months of growth in the country. According to the latest figuresreleased by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), June saw 234,945 new vehicles registered, down 3.5% compared to the same month last year. The drop is modest and expected as the market in the UK continues to stabilise following a twelve month period of decline. Much of the decline can be laidat the door of the diesel market. In June, sales of vehicles powered by the technology dropped 28.1%, with just 74,361 units sold for a market share of 31.7% in the month. In comparison, petrol vehicle sales grew 12.3% with a total of 145,035, while alternatively fuelled vehicles, including battery electric, hybrid and plug-in hybrid,
New car figures continue to grow but diesel struggles

New car figures continue to grow but diesel struggles

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The UK’s new car market recorded a second consecutive month of growth in May, signalling a return to strength for the industry. Prior to April, new registrations in the country had dropped for twelve consecutive months, with increases in vehicle excise duty (VED) and a decline in diesel sales partially to blame. However, in May, the industry grew sales by 3.4%,with 192,649 consumers driving home in a new vehicle. The result is a stark contrast to May 2017, which saw an 8.5% year-on-year decline. This year, Private demand in the month grew by 10.1%, with more than 83,000 consumers driving home in a new car, and offsetting ongoing declines in the business and fleet sectors, down 9.6% and 0.7% respectively. The most popular vehicle segments were supermini (up 6.0%), small family (up
New car sales finally rise in April

New car sales finally rise in April

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The UK’s new car market recorded its first rise in 12 months during April as the country finally shook off its vehicle excise duty (VED) hangover. The market grew by 10.4% in April, with 167,911 new units registered, according to the latest figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). Demand was affected by a number of factors, including the timing of Easter, which resulted in two extra selling days during the month compared to last year, while the adverse weather during March pushed some deliveries into April as well. However, the biggest factor in the growth during the month is the poor performance of the same month last year. This was caused when the UK government changed VED rates, meaning all except zero-emission vehicles were required to pay a flat ra