Posted by AdviserDirect on 04/05/2019

Sales of new cars fall as UK consumers continue to shun diesel

Sales of new cars fall as UK consumers continue to shun diesel

Sales of new cars fell last month as UK consumers shunned diesel vehicles and Brexit chaos deterred buyers in what is traditionally a strong month for the industry.

The number of new car registrations fell by 3.4% to 458,054 in a crucial plate change month that usually encourages buyers into showrooms. It was the lowest number for March in six years.

“March is a key barometer for the new car market, so this fall is of clear concern,” said Mike Hawes, the chief executive of the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, which published the figures.

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