By Paul Homewood
The SMMT has now published annual data for new car registrations in the UK.
The figures continue the declining trend begun in 2017, though registrations are still higher than in 2013.
Registrations of of diesels have plummeted by 29.6%, but are up for both petrol and AFVs. There is little difference in trends between private and fleet.
Mixed signals from government about future policy towards diesel have definitely had a major impact on sales, and are causing real damage to the industry.
However, there is no sign of EVs picking up the slack. Plug in sales (incl plug in hybrids) continue to be largely irrelevant within the overall scene, making up just 2.6% of overall sales. Excluding plug in hybrids, the figure is even worse, at 0.7%.
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