Registrations of diesel cars in the UK were down 30.6% in November, when the global market declined for the eighth consecutive month.
In total, 163,541 new cars were registered last month, 11.2% less than in November 2016.
The sales of petrol cars have increased from 5% to 92,944 units, giving the essence of a 56.8% market share, up from 48.1% at the same point last year.
This was accompanied by 33.1% growth in alternative fuel vehicle registrations, which brought their market share up to 5.4%. However, he could not fight against the 27,163 unit fall in the diesel, resulting in a decline in the market as a whole.
Private recordings have been made by the low percentage has fallen from 5.1% in November. Business and fleet registrations decreased by 33.6% and 14.1%, respectively, with the impact of these sectors (that still represent a 52% and 2.7% of market share), the main contributions of the last month narrowing of the numbers.
Up to now, in 2017, 2,388,144 new vehicles were registered for the uk roads – a fall of 5%, or 126,620 cars, on the same period last year.
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Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders chief executive Mike Hawes said: “An eighth month of decline in the new car market is a major concern, with a decline in activity and consumer confidence, exacerbated by the anti-diesel posts of the Government.
“The Diesel is still the right choice for many drivers, especially because of its fuel economy and reducing CO2 emissions. The decision of the tax to the more recent low-emission diesel is a step backward and will discourage drivers trading in their older, more polluting cars.”
Hawes explained that the decrease of the fleet entries will have a marked impact on the united KINGDOM air quality improvement, with “harmful environmental and economic consequences” if the market continues to shift away from the more recent, the more own for the diesels.
Rupert Pontin, evaluations of the boss of the used car to the database of the company Cazana, added: “From the [records] results, we can only assume that many buyers have held off changing their cars. It is likely that the decision-makers were waiting for the Fall Budget and there is a possibility of catching up. If the measures taken by the Chancellor in the Budget are fair or not remains to be seen. However, unless the industry can be clear in the immediate future, the rules of taxation.”
Last month, the Government has introduced the diesel tax hikes which has affected both private and fleet buyers. With the new legislation announced in the autumn budget, all new diesel vehicles that do not conform to the Real Driving Emissions of the step 2 test standards are subject to a tax increase.
Step 2 standard does not come into force until 2020, which means no new models can be classified at this level. The industry, therefore, has hit back, stating that the new standards to demonize the last, the cleanest diesels, even if some of the tests (including the Coach) to show that they can be more own than the equivalent petrol models.
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