New car sales decline in November

SMMT have announced that in November, new car registrations continued their 2018 downward trend with the market falling 3% with a total of 158,639 units.

Low consumer confidence, WLTP emissions rest related supply issues and general uncertainty all played their part in the decline.

Mike Hawes, SMMT chief executive, said “The good news is that, as supply constraints ease, and new exciting models come on sale in the months ahead, buyers can look forward to a wide choice of cutting-edge petrol, diesel and electrified cars.

“It’s now critical that a Brexit deal is secured to boost consumer confidence and provide a stimulus to the new car market as we enter the New Year.”

With almost a 17% decline, diesel new car sales were down again in November. With the petrol market taking over 6 in 10 new car sales, diesel dipped below one third of the market.

AFV’s grew 24.6% and took a 6.8% market share, increasing from the 5.3% in 2017.

With 2.3 million cars sold, new car registrations are down 6.8% in 2018.

Best selling cars of November 2018:

  • Ford Fiesta (5,193 registrations).
  • Volkswagen Golf (4,678 registrations).
  • Mercedes-Benz A-Class (4,104 registrations).
  • Nissan Qashqai (3,195 registrations).
  • Mini (3,170 registrations).
  • Volkswagen Polo (3,115 registrations).
  • Ford Focus (3,068 registrations).
  • Vauxhall Mokka X (2,778 registrations).
  • Kia Sportage (2,731 registrations).
  • Vauxhall Corsa (2,594 registrations).

Modest -3.0% decline for November UK new car market