NEW CAR SALES 2018

Car Mechanics (UK) - - Editorial -

The UK new car mar­ket has taken a tum­ble this year, down 6.9% over the first 11 months of 2017, with diesel en­gines hit par­tic­u­larly hard – hav­ing been given a bad marker by the Gov­ern­ment in the early part of 2018, many mo­torists have turned back to petrol. With count­less chal­leng­ing de­bates about diesel en­gines, many are won­der­ing if diesel en­gines have a place in our ci­ties. This has caused some headaches for the man­u­fac­tur­ers, leav­ing huge num­bers of newly-made diesels un­able to find buy­ers. Re­cently, we’ve also seen huge in­creases in diesel fuel prices com­pared to petrol at the fore­courts – diesel to­day is around 10p per litre dearer than un­leaded.

How­ever, what’s per­haps most strik­ing is the rise in sales of al­ter­na­tive­ly­fu­elled ve­hi­cles (AFVS), as the graph from the SMMT shows be­low.

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