The SMMT (Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders) is the body representing car, van, bus and truck manufacturers in the UK.  It publishes monthly registrations results for new cars and vans, and quarterly results for heavy vehicles.

New car sales fall in November

New car registrations were down by 3% in November, just as they were in October, according to the latest data released today by the SMMT.
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Used car sales down 2% but market still strong

More than two million used cars changed hands between July and September, according to the latest data published by the SMMT.
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Relative stability for new car registrations in October

New car sales were down by 3% in October, as the overall market largely recovered from supply problems in September. Audi had a terrible month, though.
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Anger as Government slashes plug-in car grants

Government moves that from 9th November will abolish grants for plug-in hybrid cars have been slammed across the UK automotive industry.
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New car registrations crash by 20% in September

UK new car registrations fell by more than 20% in September compared to the same month last year, according to data released today by the SMMT.
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UK buyers shunning British-built cars

UK car buyers are increasingly shunning British-built new cars in favour of imported vehicles, according to 2018 production and registration data.
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‘No deal no option’ as production slides

UK car production dropped for a third consecutive month in August, as industry bosses renewed their concerns over a final Brexit deal.
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New car registrations enjoy a sunny summer

Last month's new car registration numbers were the best ever recorded for the month of August since the current registration system was introduced in 2001.
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New car market stable in July

New car registrations were stable in July, with private sales almost exactly the same as 12 months ago and fleet registrations showing a small increase.

‘Back diesel’ call as car sales slump 6% in 2018

Registrations of new cars in the UK fell 6.3% in the first half of 2018, the slide blamed on lack of consumer confidence and a continuing diesel backlash.

May’s modest sales growth will be a relief to car industry

New car registration result for May 2018 have been published this morning, showing modest growth of just over 3% on the same month last year.
Misleading fuel consumption figures still costing drivers a fortune

Diesel ‘still the right fuel for many’

Cars with diesel engines are still the right choice for many motorists, Society of Motor Manufacturers & Traders CEO Mike Hawes has argued.
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Tougher electric car standards should be applauded

Reports that the government is planning to toughen up its 2040 electrified vehicle goals have been met with predictable howls of opposition.
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Rise in car sales ‘may not be good news’

UK car sales staged a comeback in April after a full year of sliding figures – but the turnaround could be misleading after a very poor April 2017 performance.

“Considerable concern” as car production slumps

Britain's car factories built 22,585 fewer vehicles in March compared to the same month in 2017,  industry bosses dubbing the 13.3 per cent slump of "considerable concern."

New plate fails to halt slumping car sales

The UK new car sales market slid almost 16% in March – despite the launch of a new registration plate that traditionally draws buyers into showrooms.
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New car sales dip slightly in February

New car registrations fell by just under 3% in February, according to results published this morning by the SMMT.
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Pro-diesel propaganda sounding increasingly desperate

As consumers continue to turn away from new diesel cars, a 29-page SMMT pro-diesel propaganda piece hurls the blame at the UK government.
The Ford Fiesta was the best selling car in Q1 of 2015 (The Executivecondominium)

Used car sales – things look fairly stable, but are they really?

The SMMT has reported that used car sales slipped by just over 1% for 2017 compared to the record levels of 2016.

Sliding new car market shows no sign of slowing

The UK new car market slid by 6.3% in January, as leading industry figures admitted that the latest figures are worrying.
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‘Anti-diesel rhetoric’ fuels new car sales slump

Sales of new cars in the UK slumped by close to 6% in 2017, with industry bosses putting the blame firmly on adverse publicity levelled at diesel engines.

Diesel woes get even worse as sales keep falling

November marked the eighth month in a row of falling new car registrations for 2017, and once again it was collapsing diesel sales causing the most concern.
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New diesel car sales hit by Budget

Diesel cars suffered another hammering from the Government in the Autumn Budget, despite industry pleas to arrest negative publicity that has hit sales.
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Used car sales on the slide

Used car sales are following the new car market downwards – but at a much slower rate, sliding 2.1% in the third quarter of 2017.

‘No confidence’ as UK car sales slump again

UK car sales plummeted again in October, as industry figures blamed the slide on collapsing consumer confidence and an over-hyped campaign against diesel.

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