New car market growth continues despite declining private demand, says SMMT

UK new car registrations grew for the 21st consecutive month in April, rising by a modest 1.0% to reach 134,274 units, according to the latest data published by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). As a result, this was the market’s best April since 2021, although uptake was still -16.6% below the pre-pandemic […]

SMMT: EVs drive down carbon emissions and lift vehicle ownership to record high

The number of vehicles on UK roads reached a record high in 2023, rising by 1.7% to 41,404,589 vehicles, according to new Motorparc data published today by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) – with plug-in vehicles driving the biggest growth in car ownership since 2016. Total cars on the road rose by […]

SMMT warns of ramifications if autonomous vehicle legislation delayed

The deployment of self-driving cars on the UK’s roads will be delayed by around four years unless legislation is passed before the next general election, the SMMT has warned. Mike Hawes, chief executive of the SMMT, said the UK can “ill afford” a hold-up in the technology being rolled out, says the Express & Star. […]

Budget “a missed opportunity to help consumers”, says SMMT

Jeremy Hunt’s (pictured) Spring Budget represents a missed opportunity to jumpstart the mass EV transition amid slowing demand for privately bought EVs. After consumer confidence in the EV transition was damaged by last September’s mixed public messaging, and with manufacturers now under an ambitious mandate to sell growing proportions of electric vehicles, the industry was […]

Zero Emission HGV market “shackled by absence of infrastructure and lack of plan”

The heavy goods vehicle sector is calling for an urgent, government-led strategy to drive uptake of zero emission trucks to meet decarbonisation targets. With just over a decade until the first end of sale deadline for the UK’s predominantly diesel HGVs, new analysis from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders has found Britain’s strategic […]

EVs take largest share of new car sales

The UK new car market grew 23.5% in November to 142,889 registered units in the fourth consecutive month of year-on-year growth, with newly registered battery electric vehicles up 35.2% to represent more than one in five new cars. New figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders show the growth delivered the best total […]

EV sales continue to grow as diesels lose popularity

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders has released its latest statistics of UK new car registrations for August which show EV sales are up 34% year-on-year. However the number of diesels bought fell 12% in the same period. Overall the UK new car market rose by 1.2% in August. The growth, albeit marginal, is […]

Supply issues lead to drop in car sales

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders has announced that Britain’s used car market shrank by nearly a fifth in the second quarter of the year. Chief Executive Mike Hawes has written, “As day follows night, falling used car sales were inevitable after a prolonged squeeze on new vehicle supply. SMMT’s new figures this week […]

Collaboration remains critical, say broadcast and automotive leaders

Leaders across the broadcast and automotive sectors have called for continued collaboration between the two industries, at WorldDAB Automotive 2022 in London. Speakers emphasised the importance of working together to ensure that radio retains its place at the centre of the connected dashboard, and to continue to offer the best possible audio experience for drivers. […]

SMMT issues seven point EV plan

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders has published a new seven-point plan to ensure every driver in Britain can benefit from an electric vehicle charging network that is affordable, available and accessible to all. The plan, designed to drive collaboration between government, industry and other stakeholders, calls for mandated targets for infrastructure rollout, backed by an independent […]


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