Increased demand for petrol and electrified cars leads to year-on-year growth in new car registrations
James Attwood, digital editor
6 August 2018

The new car market bucked recent trends and grew slightly in July, helped by increased demand for petrol and hybrid cars.

A total of 163,898 new cars were registered last month, according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). That’s a 1.2% increase on the same period last year, and a boost compared with June, when new car registrations were down 3.5% year on year.

A total of 1,477,892 new cars have been registered so far this year – down 5.5% on the 1,563,808 registered in the first seven months of 2017.

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Much of that decline can be attributed to the ongoing slump in demand for diesel; registrations of new diesel cars are down 29.6% so far in 2018. By contrast, petrol sales are up 12.3% – with a 20.1% increase in July. A total of 913,396 petrol cars have been registered in 2018, compared with 813,133 by this point last year.

There was similar growth among alternatively fuelled vehicles (AFVs), with year-to-date registrations up 23.8%. That means AFVs account for 4.3% of all new cars registered so far this year – a record.

A total of 10,734 AFVs were registered in July, a 21.0% increase on the same month last year. Within that, demand for plug-in hybrids was up 33.5%, with hybrid registrations growing by 17.5%. Demand for electric vehicles grew 2.4%.

SMMT chief executive Mike Hawes said: “It’s great to see alternatively fuelled vehicles benefiting from this growth, and the Government’s acknowledgement of the vital role new-tech diesel will play in its Road to Zero strategy should help even more motorists benefit from the latest, safest and low-emission technology over the coming months.”

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6 August 2018

Actual number rather than percentages would be good. The increase in electric cars might be 42 this year compared to 41 this time last year.

6 August 2018

 Got to, only hope other markets increase also...

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6 August 2018

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6 August 2018

No - it's all lies. Car sales are down because of the uncertainty over Brexit. I know that to be true because folk like Mike Hawes keeps telling us so.

7 August 2018
... seems to despise petrol-engined cars. He never has a good word to say about them. Is he mad? Or just utterly befuddled by Brexit?

What noise do donkeys make? Hee Hawes, Hee Hawes....

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