The UK new car market suffered a steep decline in November, led by plunging sales of diesel vehicles, according to data from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).
Overall, the number of new vehicle registrations was at 163,541, an 11.2% year-on-year fall.
SMMT put the steep decline down to “months of confusion and speculation” about the government’s air quality plans and its policies towards diesel cars.
Plummeting diesel registrations led the contraction, with a 30.6% year-on-year slump.
Petrol and AFV demand
Increases in demand for petrol and alternative fuel vehicles (AFV), with this latter including electric battery powered cars, failed to offset the heavy losses for diesel.
The data represents the eighth consecutive monthly fall in overall vehicle registrations, which are also down 5% on a year-to-date basis.
SMMT data showed the best-selling cars in November were the Ford Fiesta and Volkswagen Golf, followed by the MINI.