NEW CAR SALES SPIKE AHEAD OF EMIS­SIONS RULES CHANGE

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New car regis­tra­tions in the UK in­creased by 23.1% in Au­gust as car man­u­fac­tur­ers rushed to sell new cars not com­pli­ant with the WLTP test­ing regime.

A total of 94,094 units were reg­is­tered in what is usu­ally the year’s sec­ondqui­etest month for sales.

Much of the in­crease can be at­trib­uted to a rise in pre-regis­tra­tions and dealer dis­counts or in­cen­tives to help clear the stocks of cars pro­duced un­der the old NEDC emis­sions test process. Th­ese ve­hi­cles had to be reg­is­tered by 31 Au­gust, though they can still be sold on fore­courts for an­other year.

There was a sig­nif­i­cant in­crease in regis­tra­tions for al­ter­na­tive fuel ve­hi­cles, in­clud­ing plug-in hy­brids and pure-elec­tric mod­els. Au­to­car un­der­stands that a large per­cent­age of those reg­is­tered are the for­mer, sug­gest­ing that many plug­ins have fared poorly in the WLTP tests.

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