Fleet new vehicle registrations fall in November as diesel demand drops again

Top 10 most popular cars in the UK

Top 10 most popular cars in the UK

Overall, registrations have declined -5.0% in the 11 months in 2017, with 2,388,144 cars hitting British roads so far this year.

New auto registrations fell -11.2% year-on-year in November to 163,541 units pushing down year-to-date registrations to -5%.

Sue Robinson, director of the National Franchised Dealers Association, said: 'The new auto market is now year-to-date five per cent down on last year, in line with initial forecasts. Private registrations were down by just over 5% compared to last November's numbers, which is a decent result compared to greater falls over the previous six months or so.

The sales have reflected caution among consumers faced by a rise in inflation since the Brexit vote in 2016 and weak wage growth, as well as concerns that the government would clamp down on diesel vehicles to curb pollution. Hopefully, Santa will deliver the SMMT press office a new record for Christmas, as the current one appears to be broken.

Plummeting diesel registrations led the contraction, with a 30.6% year-on-year slump.

A total of 163,541 new cars were registered last month, and although the overall numbers were down, sales of petrol engined cars rose by 5 per cent to 92,944 - an nearly 57 per cent market share - and those of Alternatively Fuelled Vehicles (AFV) rose too by 33.1 per cent to take a 5.4 per cent market share.

The Ford Fiesta was the best-selling vehicle in November, with 6,434 examples sold. Meanwhile, the Golf retains its number-two position, but the Focus has been pushed into third by the Mini in November.

What's in store for 2018?

This is the eigth consecutive month of decline in United Kingdom auto sales, something which the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders has branded as a "major concern". The latest is Toyota, which has dropped diesel engines from its Auris family hatchback range for 2018.

'However, whilst the new vehicle market is slowing, there remains great opportunity within the used auto market - a market that is three times larger than that of the new vehicle market.

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