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Diesel UK Market share-SMMT

UK Car sales fall by 5.6% in 2017 as diesel sales drop

UK car sales fell by 5.6% in 2017 but the big story is that car buyers preferences shifted from dirtier diesels which were down 17.1% in 2017. Meanwhile sales of petrol cars rose by 2.7% and AFVs including plugin electric models rose 34.8% to nearly 120,000 deliveries.

Diesel market share actually rose slightly in December compared to November from 37.7% to 37.8%. Sales of diesels were nevertheless 31.1% down on the same month of 2016.

Car sales have now fallen for a 9th consecutive month since George Osbourne’s changes to VED (Vehicle Excise Duty) were introduced in April 2017. This sharply increased the tax payable on any car with a list price exceeding £40,000 whether diesel, petrol or zero emission.


Smmt december sales







The SMMT car sales figures for 2017 show that the message about the effect of diesel cars on air quality is getting through. Despite industry claims that Euro 6 diesels now on sale are “clean” only about 10% are able to comply with the Euro 6 80mg/km NOx limits when on the road. The average for Euro 6 diesels is 400mg/km.


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David Nicholson

David Nicholson Is the founder of Rivergecko Ltd & MyUrbanCar which provide consultancy and advice for drivers and fleets to speed the transition from dirty fossil fuel transport to clean vehicles powered by renewable energy on land water and air.

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David Nicholson has worked as an underwriter at Lloyd's of London since the 1980's. His interest in technology goes back many years including interactive mapping, apps, green tech, boats, solar and cars.