- UK car sales have now fallen every month since George Osbourne’s VED changes -compared to the same month the previous year.
- Next month will likely show an even bigger % drop because March 2017 was boosted by buyers trying to avoid the VED changes which effected cars sold from April 2017.
- Good news for air quality with another fall in diesel market share to 35.0%
UK car sales fall for the 11th month in a row since the VED changes by @hmtreasury .Good that diesel sales are falling but many of the most advanced EV’s like #tesla & #IPACE are hit by the 40k luxury car tax. Perhaps non diesel AFVs could be exempt? At least EV’s @MikeHawesSMMT pic.twitter.com/Ea3tXmwram
— David Nicholson (@rivergecko) March 6, 2018
- Petrol sales up to 60%
- Less good news on AFV (Alternatively Fuelled Vehicle) sales which were only up 7% on 2017 and actually down compared to January 2018. The detailed breakdown by SMMT shows it was EV’s falling by by 33% that brought down the numbers. Perhaps deliveries of the new Nissan Leaf are yet to come on stream.