Diesel registrations down 31% in November as United Kingdom market shrinks

Diesel registrations down 31% in November as United Kingdom market shrinks

The decline was mostly driven by a sharp drop in sales of new diesel cars, which fell 30.6% from the corresponding period 12 months earlier, largely because of the confusion and speculation about the Government's air quality plans and its policies towards diesel cars.

Business, fleet and private registrations all fell in the month, down -33.6%, -14.4% and -5.1% respectively.

New auto registrations fell -11.2% year-on-year in November to 163,541 units pushing down year-to-date registrations to -5%.

And registrations of alternatively fuelled vehicles rose 33.1% to 8,867 units, equating to 5.4% of the market - up from 3.6% previous year.

Diesel registrations were once again hit hard with a fall of 30.6% to 61,730 units - giving them a market share of just 37.7% compared to 48.3% in November 2016 - following months of speculation over planned tax changes, as announced in the Autumn Budget. November's expected drop in sales would add to the fall of almost 5 percent in overall registrations between January and October.

Alex Buttle, director of vehicle website motorway.co.uk, said: "The flight from diesel has been so severe over the past few months that total sales figures are nearly meaningless as a point of reference for the health of the auto industry".

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UK car registrations fall for ninth straight month as demand for diesel plummets

In what marks the eighth consecutive month of falling registrations, a total of 163,541 new cars hit United Kingdom roads, with all market sectors being affected by the falling demand for diesel cars.

Commenting on the Budget, Hawes said: "The decision to tax the latest low emission diesels is a step backwards and will only discourage drivers from trading in their older, more polluting cars".

Overall, the Ford Fiesta remained the bestselling vehicle of the year in November.

Mike Hawes, the SMMT's chief executive, said the government's measures to dissuade consumers from buying diesel vehicles were "counter-productive".

"Penalising the latest, cleanest diesels is counterproductive and will have detrimental environmental and economic consequences".

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