New UK automotive gross sales have been down within the first month of the 12 months, with 163,615 vehicles offered in January – a 6.three per cent decline on the identical month in 2017. Enterprise gross sales have been down by a hefty 29.7 per cent, with personal and fleet consumers falling by 9.5 and 1.eight per cent respectively.
The figures, launched by the Society of Motor Producers and Merchants (SMMT), echo final 12 months’s full gross sales figures, which confirmed a 5.7 per cent fall in gross sales throughout 2017.
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There have been some success tales in January’s knowledge, nevertheless: SUV gross sales have been up 6.6 per cent, and now account for a fifth of the brand new automotive market. Petrol’s reputation additionally grew, by eight.5 per cent, and 23.9 per cent extra alternatively-fuelled autos – usually hybrids and electrical vehicles – have been offered in January 2018 in comparison with 2017.
Issues have been much less encouraging elsewhere although: demand for diesels dropped by 25.6 per cent in comparison with January 2017, whereas the MPV, government and metropolis automotive segments skilled the most important declines.
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Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Government, stated, “The continuing and substantial decline in new diesel automotive registrations is regarding, notably because the proof signifies shoppers and companies usually are not switching into various applied sciences, however holding their older vehicles operating.
“Given fleet renewal is the quickest means to enhance air high quality and scale back CO2, we’d like authorities coverage to encourage take up of the newest superior low emission diesels as, for a lot of drivers, they continue to be the proper alternative economically and environmentally.”
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