The UK’s new car market shrank for the first time in six years in 2017, with uncertainly over diesel cars contributing to the fall
Sales of new cars in the UK fell by 5.7% in 2017 compared with the previous year, with sales of diesel cars worst hit.
More than 2.5 million new cars were sold last year, with diesel cars accounting for 42% of the total market, compared with petrol cars at 53%.
The continuing uncertainty surrounding new diesel cars – including the new tax implications announced in November’s autumn budget – meant that diesel sales were down by more than 30% in December alone compared with the same month in 2016.
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