UK New Car Market Experience Sales Decline For Eleventh Month

(FILES) In this file photo taken on January 12, 2018 General Motors Executive Vice President for Global Product Development Mark Reuss speaks as he unveils the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado trucks during the 2018 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit, Michigan. American automakers were battered as consumers pulled back on new car purchases in February, a continued hangover from the brisk sales pace last year, according to data released on March 1, 2018. The three North American auto giants reported sales declines. PHOTO: JEWEL SAMAD / AFP

Sales of new cars in Britain fell in February for the eleventh month in a row, as demand for diesel vehicles collapsed by almost a quarter, industry data showed Monday.

New registrations for vehicles sank 2.8 percent year-on-year last month to 80,805 cars, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders said in a statement.

And the number of newly-purchased diesel-powered cars tanked 23.5 percent to 37,020, with demand sliding on UK government plans to improve air quality.

Consumers continued to ditch diesel cars last month for automobiles that are regarded as more environmentally-friendly.

February was also a quiet month for car purchases because new registration plates are issued in March, when demand typically increases.

“Although the new car market has dipped, it remains at a good level despite the drop in demand for diesel,” said SMMT chief executive Mike Hawes.

“Consumers should be reassured, however, that the latest cars are the cleanest in history and can help address air quality issues.”


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