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August car sales up 23 per cent – electric cars account for one in twelve sales

August car sales up 23 per cent – electric cars account for one in twelve sales

6th September 2018 | 0 Comments

The UK new car market enjoyed a boost in August, as year-on-year demand rose 23.1 per cent, according to the latest figures published by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). 94,094 new cars were registered in the month as the market responded to regulatory changes, with cost-savvy buyers taking advantage of some compelling deals in what is always one of the year’s smallest months.

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UK car manufacturing falls in July, YTD performance relatively steady

UK car manufacturing falls in July, YTD performance relatively steady

3rd September 2018 | 0 Comments

According to figures released today by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), UK car production declined -11.0 per cent in July. 121,051 units left production lines as a raft of factors, including model changes, seasonal and operational adjustments and preparation for the introduction of the tough new emissions standards, affected output.

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UK now biggest EU market for Korean car brands – SMMT

UK now biggest EU market for Korean car brands – SMMT

5th July 2018 | 0 Comments

The growing strength of the automotive relationship between the UK and South Korea has been highlighted today by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) during its trade mission to the country.

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Car sales figures represent ‘encouraging trend’ – NFDA

5th July 2018 | 0 Comments

Commenting on the SMMT car registration figures, Sue Robinson, Director of the National Franchised Dealers Association (NFDA), which represents franchised car and commercial vehicle dealers in the UK, said: “Despite June’s decline, it was encouraging to see that in the second quarter the new car market was 2.3 per cent higher than last year”.

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SMMT urges government to back new-tech diesel following market decline, uncertainty

SMMT urges government to back new-tech diesel following market decline, uncertainty

5th July 2018 | 0 Comments

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) is urging the UK government to act to support the sale of traditionally fuelled vehicles following the news that the UK new car market declined moderately in June. Year-on-year demand fell by -3.5 per cent, the SMMT stated, as 234,945 new cars joined British roads, representing relative stabilisation considering recent turbulence over the past year or so. While alternatively fuelled vehicle sales continue to rise, they are not yet at a level that can relieve the decline in traditionally fuelled vehicle sales, and the SMMT argues for government to provide increased support for petrol and especially new technology diesel vehicles.

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UK, EU car markets grow in April

UK, EU car markets grow in April

24th May 2018 | 0 Comments

The EU passenger car market returned to growth in April 2018 after demand declined in March. According to figures released by the European Automobile Manufacturers Association, a total of 1,206,273 passenger cars were registered last month, a year-on-year growth of 9.6 per cent. Growth in the UK market exceeded the European average, rising 10.4 per cent year-on-year to 167,911 new registrations.

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March car registrations almost 16% lower than 2017 record

March car registrations almost 16% lower than 2017 record

5th April 2018 | 0 Comments

The UK new car market declined in March, according to figures released today by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). Registrations fell -15.7 per cent compared with March 2017, which due to the impending arrival of new Vehicle Excise Duty (VED) rates was the biggest month ever for new car registrations. Nevertheless, registrations are still running at a historically high level and last month’s market was the fourth biggest March on record.

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Backlash against diesels sees new car CO2 emissions rise

9th January 2018 | 0 Comments

An anti-diesel agenda has resulted in new car carbon dioxide emissions rising for the first time in 14 years as people make the switch to petrol, recent research suggests. Department for Transport figures show that the average new car sold in 2017 produces more CO2 than one sold in 2016, reversing a continuous decline in emissions of the greenhouse gas since the figures were first published by the Government in 2003.

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New car registrations down 5.7% in 2017

New car registrations down 5.7% in 2017

8th January 2018 | 0 Comments

We bought less new cars last year but we’re still buying a lot of cars. A total of 2,540,617 new registrations were recorded between 1 January and 31 December 2017, 5.7 per cent less than a year earlier. Presenting its registration figures for 2017, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) notes that while this was the first decrease in six years, in 2017 annual registrations were at the third-highest level within the past decade.

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UK new car registrations – the decline continues

5th October 2017 | 0 Comments

The UK new car market declined for a sixth consecutive month in September, with 426,170 new units registered, according to figures released today by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). Registrations fell by -9.3 per cent in this key month, as economic and political uncertainty, and confusion over air quality plans led to a fall in consumer confidence.

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Slower August for UK new car market – registrations drop 6.4 per cent

Slower August for UK new car market – registrations drop 6.4 per cent

5th September 2017 | 0 Comments

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders has reported a fifth consecutive month of decline in the UK new car market. August registrations fell -6.4 per cent, following 2016’s record August. The SMMT remained sanguine about the decline, pointing out that, at 76,433 new cars registered, it is still the third-best August in 10 years. The year-to-date has remained broadly in line with full-year expectations, down 2.4 per cent, with 1,640,241 new cars joining British roads in the first eight months.

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UK car registrations down, but decline slows

UK car registrations down, but decline slows

5th July 2017 | 0 Comments

Figures released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) today show that the UK new car market has declined for a third consecutive month. A total of 243,454 new cars were registered in June, and while this figure represents a decline, registrations fell at a slower pace than in the previous two months, by 4.8 per cent, as demand continued to stabilise following a record first quarter and the subsequent market turbulence caused by the recent changes to Vehicle Excise Duty. The SMMT adds that the market is now “more in line” with 2017 forecasts.

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UK car registrations decline in May – SMMT figures

5th June 2017 | 0 Comments

After hitting record peaks in 2016 and early 2017, the UK’s new car market saw a significant decline in May. New passenger car registrations declined 8.5 per cent, with a total of 186,265 units. In 2017 overall, the market is 0.6 per cent lower than last year, with more than 1.1 million cars registered between January and May. Alternative fuel vehicles (AFVs) continued their impressive 2017 growth in May, 46.7 per cent higher than in 2016, with a total of 8,258 AFVs registered making 47,936 so far this year. The National Franchised Dealers Association (NFDA) argued that the general election’s short-term impact on consumer confidence has been the key factor, and that medium term prospects remain good for another record-setting year. However KPMG analysts were more taciturn, suggesting car manufacturers have turned their attentions to Europe and expecting a steady decline in 2017.

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April car registrations down across Europe

16th May 2017 | 0 Comments

New car registration figures published by the European Automobile Manufacturers' Association (ACEA) show that a total of 1,191,034 units were registered in the EU in April 2017, 6.6 per cent less than the year before. Most major markets saw a decrease: the UK’s market dropped by 19.8 per cent, followed by Germany (-8.0 per cent), France (-6.0 per cent), and Italy (-4.6 per cent). Among the largest markets only Spain grew by 1.1 per cent.

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April new car registrations show a ‘significant decline’ says SMMT

8th May 2017 | 0 Comments

Figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders show that the UK new car market experienced a significant decline in April, following exceptional growth in the previous month as buyers brought forward purchases ahead of the switch to new VED rates, which came into force on 1 April 2017. The figures show that 152,076 new cars were registered in April, a -19.8 per cent decline.

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