Diesel crackdown is KILLING off United Kingdom auto market

Sales of electric, hybrid and other alternatively fuelled vehicles were up 37% in October to 8,244 and in the year to date more than 102,000 have been sold.

Declines were seen across all sectors, with business and fleet demand down -26.8% and -13.0% respectively.

SMMT has attributed the drop in registrations to fears over potential bans for diesel cars from towns and city centres as local authorities respond to concerns over air quality.

Overall new vehicle registrations declined to 158,192, a fall of 12.2 per cent compared to the same time previous year, and sales of diesel engined auto fell even more dramatically - by a whopping 29.9 per cent. Registrations so far in 2017 have dropped by 4.6% compared to the same point in 2016.

New auto registrations fell in October, for the seventh consecutive month - compared to October 2016, there was a 12.2 per cent drop in total vehicles registered.

This means petrol dominates the overall market share, with 55.4% of all new cars registered.

As a result of the seemingly terminal decline in diesel auto registrations, the SMMT is calling for the government to reassure buyers that there will be no bans, charges or other restrictions place on the latest diesel cars in the future.

The SMMT is now predicting full-year sales of cars will fall 4.7 per cent to 2.57m units this year, having revised down its forecast last week.

"While it's understandable the SMMT is not deserting diesel and urging the Government to act to reassure consumers that new diesel cars will be "safe" from toxin tax punishment, is this a lost cause?"

Sales of new cars have tumbled for a seventh consecutive month amid a slump in consumer confidence with diesel sales falling by almost a third.

Overall, fewer new cars are being registered.

He said: "Diesel's market share is plummeting and consumers aren't listening to rhetoric about cleaner diesel models, however much the industry drums on about it". We must also remember Brexit has already had an impact on the United Kingdom vehicle market through the fundamental shift in the exchange rate which is impacting auto prices, making the market correction even more understandable.

However, these gains were unable to offset heavy losses in the diesel segment, which plunged -29.9%, as consumer concerns continue to have an impact.

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