Sales of new diesel cars plummet following Budget

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United Kingdom new auto sales have skidded lower for an eighth consecutive month, entirely from falling demand for diesel vehicles.

Sales of new cars in Britain slumped for an eighth straight month in November, largely on demand for diesel cars plunging further, industry data showed on Tuesday. While alternative-fuel vehicles continued to grow significantly, registrations of new diesel cars showed a consistent decline as a effect of recent media coverage and government's announcements'.

The sale of new vehicles that run on petrol rose just over three percent in the same period.

Year to date, overall registrations declined 5.0% to a total of 2,388,144 - putting the market on course for its first annual downturn since 2011.

Continuing a trend that has gathered pace this year, Alternatively Fuelled Vehicles - the category that includes electric cars and hybrids - grew by 33.1 per cent.

Registrations fell by 11.2 per cent to 163,541.

The fall marks the eight month of falling registrations in 2017.


SMMT put the steep decline down to "months of confusion and speculation" about the government's air quality plans and its policies towards diesel cars.

Commenting on the Budget, Hawes said: "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".

Overall, the Ford Fiesta remained the bestselling vehicle of the year in November.

"Penalising the latest, cleanest diesels is counterproductive and will have detrimental environmental and economic consequences".

Simon Benson, director of motoring services at AA Cars, added: "The SMMT warned last month that if the government failed to intervene, the new auto market would continue to suffer, and sadly that proves to have been the case today".

He added that consumers needed clarity over what charges or other restrictions might be placed on diesel vehicles in future to help them make informed car-buying decisions.

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