NEW car sales were down just -3.0% in November with some 158,639 units registered, according to the latest figures from the SMMT.
Stalling consumer confidence, supply delays due to implementation of the new WLTP emissions test and model replacement all combined to affect overall sales.
Reflecting recent trends, demand for petrol and alternatively fuelled vehicles (AFVs) rose 3.5% and 24.6% respectively, but failed to offset a -16.7% fall for diesel cars. Fleet and private registrations fell in turn by -0.7% and -6.4% while business sales rose 8.6%, athough this makes up only 3.1% of the market.
Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, 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 models come on sale in the months ahead, buyers can look forward to a wide choice of cutting-edge petrol, diesel and electrified cars.”