4.1% Decline In UK New Car Market In April

According to SMMT, the UK new car market declined 4.1% in April with 161,064 units registered.

  • Registrations by private motorists fell 10.3%.
  • Supermini and small family cars fell 14.1% and 10.6%.
  • Now being the 3rd most popular body type, lower volume luxury saloons and sports cars by 18.4%.
  • Diesel registrations declined 9.4%.
  • Petrol demand fell 3.0%.
  • With 10,254 leaving showrooms, AFV registrations increased by 12.7%.
  • Most popular choice, petrol electric hybrids, were up 31.1%.
  • Battery electric cars increased from 929 to 1,517 units.
  • Zero emission capable plug in hybrids were down 34.4%.

SMMT Chief Executive, Mike Hawes, said: “While it’s great to see buyers respond to the growing range of pure electric cars on offer, they still only represent a tiny fraction of the market and are just one of a number of technologies that will help us on the road to zero. Industry is working hard to deliver on this shared ambition, providing ever cleaner cars to suit every need. We need policies that help get the latest, cleanest vehicles on the road more quickly and support market transition for all drivers. This includes investment in infrastructure and long term incentives to make new technologies as affordable as possible.”

For more information, head over to the SMMT website.