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Car registrations in Britain shrink for several consecutive months

Britain’s new car sales dwindled eight months in a row in November, and the reason for that, as analysts say, is lack of clarity linked to the official diesel policy.

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders yesterday released data, with the number of new cars registered in October equaling 163,541, which is an 11.2% slump in comparison to the last year’s October. More than that, business vehicle purchases shrank by over 33%.

One of the growing tendencies this year is alternatively fuelled vehicles, which are hybrids and electric cars, showed rise by 33.1%, while petrol automobiles added 5%. However, none of these types of vehicles was able to compensate for the drastic fall of 30.6% in diesel car sales.

The decrease is the result of a lengthy period of uncertainty caused by the official policy of the government relating to the diesel cars, according to the trade association.

Mike Hawes, SMMT’s CEO, said that a decline of eight month in the new car market causes much worries, while signals from the government aimed against diesel cars aggravate diminishing business and consumer confidence.

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