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Demand for alternatively fueled vehicles (AFVs) continues to surge, with sales rising almost 60% in August and over 32% for the year to date. AFVs are slowly growing their market share, rising from 3.2% in 2016 to 4.4% in 2017 – with August claiming 5.2% of total new car registrations. This on the back of diesel …

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Government proposals to tackle dirty air have been welcomed by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). The plans aim to improve traffic flow and congestion as well as increase uptake in electric and hybrid vehicles. One of the proposals in the clean air strategy documents has been termed the …

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New car sales plunged 20% in April as consumers tried to avoid a rise in Vehicle Excise Duty (VED). Despite the drop in sales compared with April 2016, overall new car registrations are up 1.1% for the first four months of the year, to a record 972,092. The dramatic fall in sales is believed to be due to consumers …

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The number of new cars sold in the UK has hit an all time high, according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). It is the fifth year in a row annual registrations have climbed – rising to almost 2.7 million in 2016. Ten out of the last 12 months have experienced higher sales than previous …

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New car registrations in the UK increased by 3.3% in August, compared with the same time last year. The 81,640 new cars registered in the month pushed the year to date up to 1.68m, which is a rise of 2.8% on 2015. The growth was driven by the fleet sector, showing an increase of 7.7% to 43,267 vehicles, which the …

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An independent poll of the automotive industry was carried out before the referendum on Britain’s involvement in the European Union (EU). The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) commissioned the survey of its members to find out whether they wanted Britain to remain or leave the EU – with the …

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Britain’s automotive industry enjoyed a record £71.6bn in turnover in 2015 – a 7.3% increase on 2014. The figures were reported in the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) 17th annual Sustainability Report. Significant gains were made in employment, economic contribution and environmental …

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The motor industry has joined the chorus of British businesses calling for the UK government to calm concerns, safeguard sectors and maintain economic stability. The referendum to decide Britain’s membership of the EU – which led to a 52% majority voting in favour of leaving – has sparked turbulence in …

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February 2016 bucked the trend of being one of the slowest months of the year for new car sales – with registrations at their highest since 2004. The strong start to the year continues with a February rise of 8.4% compared to the same month in 2015. The figures, which show over 80,000 new cars registered, …

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The rise in new car registrations in the UK continues with the turn of the new year, as the SMMT announces an 11-year high of 169,678 in January. This is the most successful start to the year since 2005 and represents a 2.9% increase from 2015. Dealers can capitalise on the increase in sales by maximising every …