Car sales down despite increase in hybrid and electric

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The Society for Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) has published UK new car market statistics for September 2018, noting an “exception” month with sales falling despite an increase in electric and hybrid cars. Overall car sales in September were down 20.5%. This included a 6.7% decrease in sales of petrol-run vehicles, and a 42.5% decrease in diesel cars. Sales of electric, hybrid and hybrid plug-in cars increased by 3.9%, “and now represent 7% of the overall market”. The report claims regulatory changes impacted supply, including “confusion over diesel policy to VED changes and, latterly, transition to the new WLTP emissions standards”.

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