UK new car sales decline slows but October still down 3%Staff Writer | November 5, 2018
The fall in UK new car registrations continued in October, although at a slower rate, than the sharp decrease seen in September, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders said on Monday.
Britain October sales were 2.9% lower year on year
Year to date sales were down 7.2% 2.06m. Hybrid and plug-in registrations were up 30.7% but the SMMT warned that government cuts to "plug in" grants could stymie growth.
Emissions testing backlogs were still causing shortages across some brands, the SMMT added.
"Vehicle excise duty upheaval, regulatory changes and confusion over diesel have all made their mark on the market this year," SMMT chief executive Mike Hawes said. ■