Car sales in Britain slip for the sixth straight month in September, while diesel vehicles plummet over 20%.
According to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), there were 426,170 new cars registered during the previous month. Comparing to the same month last year figures went down 9.3%, as for diesel cars, which suffered much loss due to concerns over emissions, they plunged 21.7%.
This is the first instance in the last six years that September’s market had gone down. Consumer confidence had been shaken by the lack of economic and political clarity, together with the muddy situation over air quality plans, said the SMMT.
On the other hand the trade association hailed the trade-in and scrappage schemes opened for Britain’s customers by a number of car producers, as they were quite a success and deserve some praise.
September is ever an indicator of the well-being of the new car market in the UK, that’s why this slump will be the reason for worries, Mike Hawes of SMMT said. Business and political vagueness is diminishing customer confidence, leading to expensive purchases being postponed by many consumers and companies, he added.