Diesel registrations fall by a third in October 2017

October 2017 will mark the seventh month in a row that the UK car market has declined.

New passenger car registrations fell by 12.2% compared to the same month last year, with a total 158,192 according to the figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers & Traders (SMMT).

The most significant decline was for the diesel models, which fell from 29.9%, continuing a downward trend; in September, traditionally the biggest month for car sales in the UK, diesel registrations decreased by 21.7%.

SMMT boss Mike Hawes said that, while declining confidence of businesses and consumers, the new car market, this is exacerbated by the confusion over the government’s policy on Diesel.

Hawes said: “consumers desperately need assurance that you have the latest, low-emission diesel cars in the sale of any prohibitions, duties, or other restrictions anywhere in the UK. We call on the government, the upcoming autumn Budget, for the restoration of stability to the market, the vehicles for the purchase of the latest low-Emission, since the renewal of the fleet is the fastest and most effective way of dealing with the quality of the air.”

The demand for electric and hybrid-grow models. October, up 36.9% on 8244 applications compared to last October, while petrol models saw a slight growth of 2.7%.

The Ford Fiesta is back at the UK ‘ s top-selling spot had lost, for the Nissan Qashqai in September. Ford sold 7256 Fiestas in October. The VW Golf came in second place and Ford Focus in the third, while the Qashqai fell to fourth place with 3923 units sold.

Manufacturers taking the biggest hit in October, Vauxhall, whose applications fell by 35% compared to the same month of the previous year, while Jaguar to 39%, the Jeep of 64%, and Subaru of 61%.

Only 12 of the 41 manufacturer bucking the trend with increased new car registrations increased compared to October 2016. These were Abarth, Alfa Romeo, Aston Martin, Honda, Kia, Lotus, Maserati, Mercedes, Porsche, Seat, Ssangyong, and Toyota.

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