New car registrations declined by -1.6% in August, despite a surge in demand for electric cars.
Demand for petrol and diesel models declined in the second quarter, down by 3.7% and 2.5% respectively, but still made up 98.3% of the market, according to the SMMT.
SMMT claims that political and economic uncertainty, and confusion over future Government policy on different fuel types, is damaging business confidence.
A no-deal Brexit “presents an existential threat” to the UK’s automotive industry, the SMMT has warned new Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
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Fleet and business registrations declined for the second month in a row, while the overall new car market was down for the fourth successive month, says the SMMT.
The Vehicle Remarking Association (VRA) is warning that outstanding manufacturer recalls in the used car market could attract the interest of Trading Standards.
Trade body SMMT warns the next Prime Minister ‘no deal’ Brexit could cost the UK auto industry up to £70m a day in tariffs and delays to parts at the border.
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SMMT figures also show that plug-in hybrid registrations were down by more than 40% in May.
A Government survey shows almost half of drivers (48%) are likely to opt for an ultra-low emission vehicle (ULEV) to replace their current car.
The UK’s used car market was stable in the first quarter, down just 0.6%, according to new figures released today by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).
Overall, the alternative fuel vehicle market rose by 12.7% in April, but zero emission-capable plug-in hybrids fell by 34%, says the SMMT.
A ‘no deal’ Brexit may have been avoided for now, but uncertainty over the UK’s future relationship with the EU is taking its toll on the car industry.
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The UK’s departure from the EU must be orderly, with a deal that supports both the industry and technological collaboration, especially in data, says the SMMT.
UK new car registrations declined by 3.4% last month, with fleet and business registrations falling by 3.9%, as political and economic uncertainty and continuing confusion over diesel affected demand.
The car industry is urging MPs to remove the prospect of a ‘no deal’ Brexit today (Wednesday, March 13) after the Government lost its latest vote.
Fleets are being warned they could face price increases and longer lead times for vehicles and spare parts, if the UK leaves the EU without a deal.
Overall, the UK’s new car market enjoyed marginal growth in February, up 1.4% following five straight months of decline,
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