This is the first time the September car market has sunk in six years; overall registrations were down 9.3%

The UK car market shrunk by 9.3% to 426,170 units last month, marking the first September in which registrations declined for six years.

Sales usually grow in September due to the registration plate change.

Society of Motor Manufacturers & Traders (SMMT) CEO Mike Hawes said: “September is always a barometer of the health of the UK new car market, so this decline will cause considerable concern.

“Business and political uncertainty are reducing buyer confidence, with consumers and businesses more likely to delay big-ticket purchases.”

Hawes labelled “confusion over air quality plans” as one of the key reasons for a large decline in demand for diesel cars, registrations of which are down by 21.7% compared with September 2016. There was also a 1.2% decrease for petrol models, with 232,810 cars registered.

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Contrastingly, registrations of alternatively fuelled vehicles (AFVs) continued to soar, with a 41% boost in output over last year’s month. Despite the boost, however, AFVs still accounted for just 22,628 cars, or 5.3% of the market, in September.

In the face of concerns over future legislation, Hawes said: “consumers should be reassured that all the new diesel and petrol models on the market will not face any bans or additional charges.

“Manufacturers’ scrappage schemes are proving popular and such schemes are to be encouraged, given that fleet renewal is the best way to address environmental issues in our towns and cities.”

Of the manufacturers, Ford remained the biggest producer of cars, supplying 39,696, more than two thirds of which were Fiesta or Focus models. Volkswagen was second, with 36,332 cars produced, of which 12,800 were Golfs.

The most registered model in the UK in September was the Nissan Qashqai, with 13,499 units, bringing its year-to-date total to 53,197.

But longstanding leader the Fiesta still comfortably leads the 2017 table, with 75,814 units, beating its stablemate, the Focus, which has recorded 57,256 units. The Golf remains third with 57,018 units.

A Ford spokesman told Autocar that the Fiesta's dip in September was attributed to the launch of the all-new model, of which "only two out of six trim levels are currently on sale". Ford therefore expects sales to increase when more variants are launched in the coming months.

A Nissan spokesman told Autocar that the Qashqai's success was a reflection of the SUV segment, which has remained resilient throughout 2017, as much as it was a signal for the model's strong demand.

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5 October 2017

you love a disaster SMMT. But last time you had dodgy numbers. At least this time I hope you have checked before publishing. If this is correct, October should see some nice bargains, happy days. cars are way too expensive, and the fact that massive discounts can be offered show just by how much we are being ripped off.

wait until the Bank of England puts up interest rates and watch them squeal even though they are charging 5-10% on what is actually a secured loan with base rates less than 1%. Another rip off?

Spanner

5 October 2017

If I could upvote you, I would.

5 October 2017

Buyers are on strike so to speak,why pay £140 or £500 when it was £20 or £240 ish sinjce that moron osbourne cosked up on this along with stamp duty.weak leadersdship by the current cabinet ,I could put them right on many issues.It is not necessarily the cost increases to some people like me, it is principles at stake,me being bloody  minded.Stuff you attitude I shall get a pre april 17 registered car.

5 October 2017

All is not that crazy in the world after all, UK/Europe finally wakes up and follows the US and Asia lead, Diesel sales plummet and Diesel is left with urea all over itself.  Settle at 15% of car sales and I’ll (and my lungs) will be happy’ish.

Diesel – RIP (Rattle In Peace)

 

Hydrogen cars just went POP

5 October 2017
xxxx wrote:

UK/Europe finally wakes up and follows the US and Asia lead, Diesel sales plummet.

Diesel – RIP (Rattle In Peace)

Have you checked fuel prices in those different geographies? Has it occurred to you that with EU fuel prices the break even mileage for Diesel will never be the same as with US fuel prices? Or are you still believing the false news of "all Diesels being banned" whereas Euro6 - i.e. 100% of new car sales - are perfectly fine in every Country and city in Europe?

5 October 2017
giulivo wrote:
xxxx wrote:

UK/Europe finally wakes up and follows the US and Asia lead, Diesel sales plummet.

Diesel – RIP (Rattle In Peace)

Have you checked fuel prices in those different geographies? Has it occurred to you that with EU fuel prices the break even mileage for Diesel will never be the same as with US fuel prices? Or are you still believing the false news of "all Diesels being banned" whereas Euro6 - i.e. 100% of new car sales - are perfectly fine in every Country and city in Europe?

Yes, yes, never did, they said the same about Euro 5

 

Hydrogen cars just went POP

5 October 2017

$0.72 a litre for diesel, $0.75 a litre for petrol. Percentage wise about the same as the UK.

Japan - Diesel is cheaper than petrol by around 12% and it's still not popular DESPITE offering a bigger poptential saving than in Europe.  What's your point again.

p.s. can you do your own research next time please 

 

Hydrogen cars just went POP

5 October 2017
xxxx wrote:

All is not that crazy in the world after all, UK/Europe finally wakes up and follows the US and Asia lead, Diesel sales plummet and Diesel is left with urea all over itself.  Settle at 15% of car sales and I’ll (and my lungs) will be happy’ish.

Diesel – RIP (Rattle In Peace)

Watching paint dry is more interesting than reading your boring predictable rhetoric. 

6 October 2017
AddyT wrote:

xxxx wrote:

All is not that crazy in the world after all, UK/Europe finally wakes up and follows the US and Asia lead, Diesel sales plummet and Diesel is left with urea all over itself.  Settle at 15% of car sales and I’ll (and my lungs) will be happy’ish.

Diesel – RIP (Rattle In Peace)

Watching paint dry is more interesting than reading your boring predictable rhetoric. 

You don't pop up much these days but I'm glad to see you have no answers or sensible opinions still.

 

Hydrogen cars just went POP

5 October 2017

Over 170,000 diesel cars were still sold in September. This boggles the mind when you consider the current levels of depreciation and the continuing impact of bad publicity and the likelihood of increasing air quality rules in cities. 

Isn’t it about time diesel buyers woke up and smelled the fumes? 

30 years ago people were scared of diesel cars because they were new-fangled and different, now they are scared to move away from diesel, despite the  toxins. Human nature is perhaps the weirdest factor in this continuing diesel debacle.

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