Car market is feeling the effects of new WLTP emissions regulations
4 October 2018

The UK car new market fell by 20.5% in September year-on-year, according to data from the the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

The sharp decline is due to the ongoing impact of the WLTP emissions regulations that were introduced on 1 September. These regulatory changes mean many manufacturers are still catching up with testing under the new regulations, meaning not all car variants are available.

By comparison, August car registrations saw a massive rise of 23.1% year-on-year as manufacturers tried to shift as much old stock (which would not adhere to the new regulations) as possible.

In September, 338,334 vehicles were registered, down around 87,000 on the previous year.

Diesel sales saw the sharpest decline, dropping 42.5% compared with September 2017, while petrol registrations fell 6.7%. Diesel now holds a market share of 29%.

Alternatively fuelled vehicles, which include hybrids and electric cars, rose 3.9%. AFVs now hold 6.9% of overall market share, up from 5.3% last year. 

MPVs and specialist sport cars were hit hardest, down 54.8% and 50.9% respectively, while the only segment to register growth was luxury saloons, up 3.5%.

Ford Fiesta remains the top seller, with 12,227 units sold. The Vauxhall Corsa and Mercedes-Benz A-Class are in second and third place. 

Volkswagen, which has openly admitted struggling to get all of its vehicles through testing in time, was one of the worst hit. Its car registrations fell 55.18% year-on-year while VW Group-owned Porsche also suffered. Its figures fell 67.85% compared to September 2017.

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SMMT chief executive Mike Hawes said: “With the industry given barely a year to reapprove the entire European model line-up, it’s no surprise that we’ve seen bottlenecks and a squeeze on supply. 

“These are exceptional circumstances with similar declines seen in other major European markets. The good news is that, as backlogs ease, consumers and businesses can look forward to a raft of exciting high-tech cars and a market keen to recover lost momentum.”

The SMMT also predicts that, over the coming months, “some rebalancing is expected as an increasing range of new models are certified for sale”.

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4 October 2018
Before anyone starts banging on about the evils of Brexit, remember that WLTP is an EU iniative.

4 October 2018
eseaton wrote:

Before anyone starts banging on about the evils of Brexit, remember that WLTP is an EU iniative.

 

What is your alternative? Carry on with the same thoroughly discredited NEDC regime?

In the interests of balance, I believe politicians across the EU (including UK) also bear responsibility for the dieselgate scandal, as they prioritised headline-grabbing reductions in CO2 emissions and turned a blind eye to everything else.

I’d also take industry claims that CO2 emissions are now rising with a large dose of salt. Officially, maybe, but when your diesel model was rated at 60mpg + on the old system yet couldn’t achieve 40mpg in real world use, you have to question how reliable the data is.

I predict diesel market share might stabilise at around 25% of new car sales in Europe over the medium term, which seems appropriate and proportionate, before slowly being phased out.

 

4 October 2018

Really?  It stands for *World* harmonised Light vehicle Test Procedure and it's been run through the UNECE..

United Nations Economic Commission for Europe founded in 1947.  NOT the EU.

https://wiki.unece.org/pages/viewpage.action?pageId=2523179

Really.  Brexiters.  Not a clue.

4 October 2018

Sales in Germany fell 30% in Sept.

typos1 - Just can’t respect opinion

4 October 2018

Most manufacturers managed to get all their vehicles through WLTP in time without a problem.

That Volkswagen didn't, and that some of their cars have seen power drops and significant CO2 rises when they have gone through the new test, suggests more test 'optimising' by the Volkswagen group under the previous test regime, which is now their undoing.

Good.

Mike Hawes never seems to be able to admit when one of the SMMT's manufacturers has screwed up. Yes his role is to defend the industry, but surely not that blindly.

 

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4 October 2018

Sorry Ape, but this is the most ill informed naive comment...

Every model, every derivative, along with the combination of various options has to be tested. VWG with 5 brands (not counting Bentley/Lamborghini) is therefore obviously going to take the longest time to cover all combinations.

And by the way all brands have not yet completed their testing....only those with the smallest range and least number of options are ahead of the game.

4 October 2018
Ape Fight wrote:

Most manufacturers managed to get all their vehicles through WLTP in time without a problem.

That Volkswagen didn't, and that some of their cars have seen power drops and significant CO2 rises when they have gone through the new test, suggests more test 'optimising' by the Volkswagen group under the previous test regime, which is now their undoing.

Good.

Mike Hawes never seems to be able to admit when one of the SMMT's manufacturers has screwed up. Yes his role is to defend the industry, but surely not that blindly.

 

Have you tried to buy/lease a new car over the last month or so?  If you had, you wouldn't be saying that.

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4 October 2018

the decline is also down to the threat of interest rate rises affecting mortgages that we had during the spring and summer with folk hanging on to lease vehicles longer when they would have changed them half way through contracts - folk are tightening their belts a bit with also talk about brexit uncertainty as well - What will happen in spring next year ?? would you buy a new car now and sign up for 4 years on a deal ?......

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