Mike Hawes

UK car sales fall for fifth month running 0

August saw UK new car sales fall for the fifth month in a row, demand for diesels in particular dropped by more than a fifth. Figures released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) showed there were 76,433 new car registrations last month. This marked a drop of 6.4% from the same time(…)

New vehicles will face tougher emissions tests to prevent manufacturers ‘cheating’ 0

New legislation has come into force that will see new cars face tougher emissions tests. The tests will see new vehicles put through both open road testing with monitoring equipment attached to the exhaust pipe and a more robust set of laboratory tests. The new testing programme is part of a revised set of European(…)

Used car market has declined by 5.1% in 2017 0

The used car market has declined by 5.1% throughout 2017 so far; the fall coming in the wake of record-breaking figures in 2016. The second quarter of the year saw used car sales drop by 13.5% compared with the same period in 2016 – 300,000 fewer transactions. Diesel car sales declined by just 0.1% in(…)

New car sales fall as Brexit uncertainty hits market 0

Last month saw the UK’s new car market slumped by almost 10%, industry figures have revealed. Diesel sales in particular were down by a fifth. The drop is believed to have been caused by uncertainty over Brexit and marks the fourth consecutive months where sales figures have slumped. Despite conventionally vehicles faring badly, the sales(…)

UK cars are becoming more British – but still lag behind Euro rivals 0

Vehicles manufactured in the UK are steadily becoming more British, justifying the push to increase the amount of domestically produced components. In a new study by the Automotive Council, it was revealed that 44% of the parts and components used to manufacture the 1.7 million cars rolling of UK production lines were also made domestically.(…)

2016 – a record year for UK new car registrations 0

2016 saw a whopping 2.7 million new cars registered; though experts are predicting a fall in 2017, as Brexit negotiations start to bite. Last year was a record breaking year for registrations, but the pound in its current weaker position, plus the impending exit talks should see an end to the boom, experts are predicting.(…)