Growth in petrol and alternative fuel vehicles failed to offset decline of diesels, which are now less than a third of the total market
5 December 2018

The new car market registered a modest decline in November as sales of new diesels continued to suffer, according to data from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders.

Diesel vehicles now make up less than a third of the new car market at 31.8% year-to-date, with November's figures down 16.7% on the same period last year. A 3.5% increase in petrol car sales and a substantial 24.6% rise in that of alternative fuel vehicles failed to offset diesel's decline. 

A total of 158,639 cars were registered last month, down 3% on the same period last year. The figures are described by the SMMT as "in line with industry expectations given current challenging conditions".

Chairman Mike Hawes said: “Model and regulatory changes, combined with falling consumer confidence, conspired to affect supply and demand in November. The good news is that, as supply constraints ease, and new exciting models come on sale in the months ahead, buyers can look forward to a wide choice of cutting-edge petrol, diesel and electrified cars."

Hawes went on to reiterate the importance of Theresa May's government securing a Brexit deal to stimulate growth in the market as we move into 2019. 

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Ford again topped the car model charts in November with 5193 Fiestas registered, while the Volkswagen Golf took second place with 4678 examples registered for use on Britain's roads. The above chart shows the top ten in November and this year to date. 

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5 December 2018

How close the Golf was to the Fiesta bearing in mind limited availability of VAG stock. If the GTi were available would the Golf have outsold the Fiesta?

typos1 - Just can’t respect opinion

5 December 2018

The appeal of the Mercedes Benz A-Class continues to amaze me. It looks like the previous model of Astra that's been hit with an ugly stick. It is also very expensive. Perhaps that's why it sells. People can see you have money to waste.

Happy motoring

5 December 2018
rhwilton wrote:

The appeal of the Mercedes Benz A-Class continues to amaze me. It looks like the previous model of Astra that's been hit with an ugly stick. It is also very expensive. Perhaps that's why it sells. People can see you have money to waste.

It's the cheapest thing with a Mercedes badge, that's why it sells. Plus, Mercedes punters value brand and sporting "looks" over packaging and practicality, which is why the first and second generation were a commercial failure. I loved that Tardis- like packaging marvel.

5 December 2018

AClass is all down to PCP payments - lets hope they dont all get stuck with them for the 4 yrs.

5 December 2018

What surprises me is the ytd figures and how far off the polo is to the fiesta and the focus to the golf.

5 December 2018
If sales are declining why are car makers constantly saturating the market with new and, in my opinion, unnecessary models?

why not trim down and make a more focused line up of models.

5 December 2018
Craig1988 wrote:

If sales are declining why are car makers constantly saturating the market with new and, in my opinion, unnecessary models? why not trim down and make a more focused line up of models.

Remove one model which people may have bought, some of the clients will choose some of your other models, but most will choose a similar product from a different brand. Most people choose their car based on features and value, not brand (at least that's what I do).

5 December 2018

Why do Mini sales just show as Mini and not by model?

Does that mean a Countyman gets included along with a 3 door hatch?

5 December 2018

Amazing that Mercedes is number 3 with the A-class. All mercs have now got the "bling" factor that Ford & Vauxhall used to have in the last decade, plus their TV commercials are so main stream & make their cars so desirable. Look at their interiors, what "gamer" generation can't resist that full LED display & digital rendered instruments??

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