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Car registrations decline 6.4% in first half of 2018

VW T-Roc

UK car registrations have fallen behind the rest of Europe, with a 6.4% decline between January and June.

Jato has reported that European car sales were up 2.7% overall, with a record 8.6 million registrations in the first half of the year.

SUVs were the most popular, with segment growth of 24%. This was largely due to the increase in smaller SUVs, according to JATO.

Diesel sales continued to fall. The UK recorded the biggest shift away from the fuel with a 30% decline. The European average was 17%.

Mitsubishi’s Outlander PHEV was the most popular plug-in hybrid model in Europe in the first half of 2018. The Nissan Leaf continues to be the best-selling electric car.

The Volkswagen Group sold the most cars in Europe overall and also became the SUV segment leader following the introduction of the T-Roc.

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  • NB - 31/07/2018 13:34

    Reading this article and the headline, you imply an element of surprise at the decline? Are you really? Who -especially- retail, would have a clue about what vehicle to purchase new? May as well sit tight in their current vehicle with (probably) far less RV exposure and no worries about stupid EV range and plug in sockets etc... The country has gone mad and we cant blame this one on Trump...!

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