Published: Tue, December 05, 2017
Finance | By Loren Pratt

The 10 most popular cars in the United Kingdom right now

The 10 most popular cars in the United Kingdom right now

New auto registrations in Britain fell by around 11 percent in November, the eighth consecutive month that sales have declined, according to preliminary numbers from an industry body.

The UK new auto market suffered its eighth consecutive month of decline in November, with the government's "anti-diesel message" named as a main factor.

This is the eigth consecutive month of decline in United Kingdom vehicle sales, something which the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders has branded as a "major concern".

The drop in sales was also partly down to reduced demand from the fleet sector, which includes company cars and personal leases.

The results left the year-to-date market lagging some five percent behind 2016's figures.

Registrations of diesel cars in the United Kingdom were down by 30.6% in November, when the overall market declined for the eighth consecutive month.

Mike Hawes, chief executive of the SMMT, pointed to falling business and consumer confidence as drivers of the fall, and hit out against Philip Hammond's crackdown on diesel cars in last month's Autumn Budget.

He also hit out at the Budget measures, saying more needs to be done to encourage people out of diesel vehicles - which were encouraged by previous governments as a cleaner alternative to petrol due to their lower Carbon dioxide emissions.

'The decline in new diesel sales is stark, ' said spokesperson Rod Dennis.

However, Dennis also pointed to signs of hope in the form of increasing demand for environmentally friendly vehicles such as hybrid and electric cars.

This was accompanied by 33.1% growth in alternatively fuelled vehicle registrations, bringing their market share up to 5.4%.

"The Government needs to take note and put its full backing behind alternative fuel vehicles (AFVs) progression by offering more incentives for the consumer", Mr Buttle said.

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