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Grey is Britain’s favourite car colour – again

Grey is Britain’s favourite car colour – again

17th January 2020 | 0 Comments

After securing the top spot in 2018, Grey cemented its position as the UK’s favourite new car colour again last year. According to figures released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), the number of grey cars registered in 2019 rose 5.3 per cent to 521,273. This means that 22.6 per cent of all new cars sold were painted grey, 1.6 per cent more than in the previous year.

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UK new van registrations up 2.4 per cent in 2019 as market finishes year on a high

6th January 2020 | 0 Comments

UK new light commercial vehicle (LCV) registrations returned to growth in December, following three months of decline, according to the latest figures released today by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). The market grew +7.8 per cent in December as the impact of regulatory changes eased and attractive offers on new models helped stimulate orders with only pickups experiencing a fall in demand.

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UK Commercial Vehicle production rises in November

UK Commercial Vehicle production rises in November

23rd December 2019 | 0 Comments

UK commercial vehicle (CV) production increased 9.8 per cent in November, with 8,768 units manufactured, according to figures released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). Output for overseas markets was up 43.5 per cent, but production for the domestic market fell again, down 21.7 per cent as business confidence remained weak.

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SMMT calls again for “ambitious” EU trade deal as UK car production drops 16.5% in November

SMMT calls again for “ambitious” EU trade deal as UK car production drops 16.5% in November

20th December 2019 | 0 Comments

Car production in the UK fell by 16.5 per cent year-on-year in November, with figures from the Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) showing that 107,753 units were manufactured during the month. Output for home and overseas markets declined 26.6 per cent and 14.2 per cent respectively.

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UK commercial vehicle production stable in October – SMMT

UK commercial vehicle production stable in October – SMMT

28th November 2019 | 0 Comments

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) reports that UK commercial vehicle (CV) production was down -0.2 per cent in October, with 9,065 units manufactured. Output destined for some crucial overseas markets was up 9.3 per cent, though production for the domestic market fell -8.5 per cent with demand weakening.

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UK car production falls -4.0% in October

UK car production falls -4.0% in October

28th November 2019 | 0 Comments

UK car manufacturing output fell -4.0 per cent in October, with 134,752 units rolling off production lines, 5,622 fewer than October 2018, new Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) figures show. British car production has now fallen in 16 of the last 17 months, with August the outlier. ‘No deal’ Brexit contingency shutdowns earlier in the year artificially boosted output that month.

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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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