New car sales drop

Rutherglen Reformer - - Motors -

TheUKnew­car­mar­ket­de­clined dur­ingMaya­head­oflast­week’s gen­eral­elec­tion,with­de­mand fall­ing by 8.5 per cent, ac­cord­ing to fig­ures from the So­ci­ety­ofMo­torMan­u­fac­tur­ers andTraders.

Some186,265new­car­swere reg­is­tered last month, with busi­nesspur­chas­es­driv­ingthe mar­ket, up 20.1 per cent, to off­set­de­cli­nes­frompri­vate­and fleet buy­ers.

Al­though it dipped slightly in the pre­vi­ous month, the mar­ket­foral­ter­na­tive­ly­fu­elled ve­hi­cles bounced back in May to con­tinue the up­ward trend seen in the first quar­ter and takeanewrecord­mar­ket­share of 4.4 per cent.

More than 8,000 AFVs were reg­is­tered in the month, rep­re­sent­ing an in­crease of 46.7 per cent, and al­most 50,000 new AFVs have joined Bri­tain’s roads so far this year.

De­spiteaslight­dipinover­all reg­is­tra­tions since Jan­uary, more than 1.1 mil­lion new cars have been reg­is­tered on UK roads so far in 2017.

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