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UK car sales slumped by over 11% in November, led by a startling decline in diesel sales.
This confirm that demand has now fallen for eight months in a row, putting the sector on track for its first annual decline since 2011.
The Society for Motor Manufacturers and Traders reports that car registrations shrank by 11.2% in November to 163,541 units.
UK car sales in November Photograph: SMMTCompanies cut back the most, with business registrations slumping by 33.6%. Private registrations declined by 5.1%, while fleet registrations dropped by 14.4%.
Sales of petrol sales did rise by 5%, but that wasn’t enough to counter a 30% slump in demand for diesels.
Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, says the slump is a big worry.
He blames politicians for not doing more to help diesel manufacturers, following the emissions scandal which rocked the industry and shocked consumers.
“An eighth month of decline in the new car market is a major concern, with falling business and consumer confidence exacerbated by ongoing anti-diesel messages from government. Diesel remains the right choice for many drivers, not least because of its fuel economy and lower CO2 emissions.
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. Given fleet renewal is the fastest way to improve air quality, penalising the latest, cleanest diesels is counterproductive and will have detrimental environmental and economic consequences.”
This article first appeared on www.theguardian.com
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