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Bristol City Council proposes diesel ban

11th November 2019 | 0 Comments

Bristol City Council is proposing a diesel vehicle ban combined with a clean air zone charge as part of a “bold approach” to tackle air quality. This followed a six-week long public consultation in the summer when more than 5,000 responses were received.

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Van market falls in October but new models help offset market weakness

Van market falls in October but new models help offset market weakness

5th November 2019 | 0 Comments

UK new light commercial vehicle (LCV) registrations fell -11.0 per cent in October, the second consecutive monthly decline, according to the latest SMMT figures. Some 3,121 fewer models were registered in the month, as uncertainty and regulatory changes continued to affect the market.

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Decline in car sales continues in October

Decline in car sales continues in October

5th November 2019 | 0 Comments

UK new car registrations declined -6.7 per cent last month, according to figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). 10,348 fewer cars were registered than in October last year, reflecting a tough environment for businesses and consumers as economic and political uncertainty continued to impact confidence.

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SMMT: UK car production declines 3.8% in September

SMMT: UK car production declines 3.8% in September

1st November 2019 | 0 Comments

Figures released by the Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) show that UK car production resumed its downward trend in September, with output falling 3.8 per cent to round off a turbulent first nine months. Production during the month totalled 122,256 units, almost 5,000 fewer than September last year.

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UK commercial vehicle production down 11.7% in September

UK commercial vehicle production down 11.7% in September

1st November 2019 | 0 Comments

A total of 7,320 commercial vehicles were produced in UK factories in September, reports the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). This figure represents an 11.7 per cent year-on-year decline compared with September 2018. Output for crucial overseas markets was up some 25.4 per cent, but production for the domestic market fell -44.5 per cent in the face of ongoing political and economic uncertainty.

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SMMT: 1 in 3 auto sector firms shedding jobs ahead of no-deal Brexit

SMMT: 1 in 3 auto sector firms shedding jobs ahead of no-deal Brexit

16th October 2019 | 0 Comments

With fewer than 20 days to go before the UK is due to leave the EU, the British automotive industry is urging an end to talk of ‘no deal’ and for all sides to focus energies on an orderly withdrawal to safeguard jobs and the sector’s long-term survival. The call comes as the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) publishes the results of a new survey revealing the escalating fears of an industry dependent on free and frictionless trade with the EU.

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Automotive industry associations: Brexit not just a British problem

Automotive industry associations: Brexit not just a British problem

23rd September 2019 | 0 Comments

With just over one month to go before the UK is due to leave the EU, the European automotive industry today made a united call for the UK and the EU to avoid a ‘no deal’ Brexit scenario. The lead organisations representing vehicle and parts manufacturers across the EU, the European Automobile Manufacturers Association (ACEA) and European Association of Automotive Suppliers (CLEPA), have joined forces with 21 national associations, including the UK’s Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), to stress the impact a ‘no deal’ Brexit would have on what they call “one of Europe’s most valuable economic assets.”

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UK light commercial vehicle market soars, up by 41.0 per cent in August

16th September 2019 | 0 Comments

The UK new light commercial vehicle (LCV) market rose in August, up 41.0 per cent, according to the latest figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). The market has grown in every month of 2019, with 23,120 new vehicles registered in August for use on UK roads, as operators respond to regulatory changes and take advantage of some compelling deals on the latest models available in what is usually one of the year’s smallest months.

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Slight fall in August new car sales, but strong showing for electric cars

Slight fall in August new car sales, but strong showing for electric cars

10th September 2019 | 0 Comments

SMMT figures show that the UK new car market remained steady in August, with just 1,521 fewer cars registered than in the same month last year. Registrations fell by -1.6 per cent in what is typically one of the smallest months of the year, as falling demand for diesel and plug-in hybrid vehicles continued to impact the overall market.

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Declining exports push UK car production down

Declining exports push UK car production down

2nd September 2019 | 0 Comments

British car manufacturing output declined 10.6 per cent in July, with 108,239 units produced. This was the 14th successive month of decline. According to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), production was affected in July as ongoing weakness in major EU and Asian markets coupled with some key model changes affected performance.

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British CV production almost a third lower in July

British CV production almost a third lower in July

2nd September 2019 | 0 Comments

Figures released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) show a fourth successive month of negative growth in Britain’s commercial vehicle (CV) industry, with British CV production declining 31.2 per cent in July. Production for both home and overseas markets fell, by 16.8 per cent and 39.8 per cent respectively, as model changeovers continued to affect factory output.

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HGV market up almost 50% in Q2 2019

HGV market up almost 50% in Q2 2019

16th August 2019 | 0 Comments

Good news from the UK heavy goods vehicle (HGV) market: New registrations were 46.3 per cent higher year-on-year in the second quarter of 2019, with 15,605 units registered. These figures, released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) yesterday, include a number of large orders ahead of the mandatory fitment of Smart Tachographs; these further boosted registrations following a strong first quarter of the year.

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UK LCV sales up 11 per cent in July

5th August 2019 | 0 Comments

SMMT figures show that the UK new light commercial vehicle (LCV) market rose in July, up 11.0 per cent. The market has grown in every month of 2019, with 25,862 new models registered in July for use on UK roads as operators were enticed by the range of new models and attractive offers on the market.

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New car market declines in July but pure EV registrations almost triple

New car market declines in July but pure EV registrations almost triple

5th August 2019 | 0 Comments

The UK new car market declined again in July, with 157,198 vehicles leaving showrooms, according to figures released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). Registrations fell by -4.1 per cent, the fifth consecutive month of decline, as political and economic uncertainty and confusion over future government policy on different fuel types continued to knock consumer and business confidence.

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UK automotive production drops again as investment dries up

UK automotive production drops again as investment dries up

31st July 2019 | 0 Comments

Another blow on the automotive industry’s chin as we inch closer towards a no-deal Brexit. The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) has released its latest UK manufacturing figures, and they make a depressing read. British car manufacturing output fell by more than a fifth in the first half of 2019, while commercial vehicle production was down more than 16 per cent and engine production almost 11 per cent. KPMG considers these numbers “worrying.”

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