NEW CAR SALES SPIKE AHEAD OF EMISSIONS RULES CHANGE
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.