(Reuters) – British new automobile gross sales fell by roughly 20 p.c in September, in response to preliminary information from an business physique on Thursday, as carmakers struggled to regulate to stricter emissions requirements.
FILE PHOTO: New Land Rover automobiles are seen in a parking zone on the Jaguar Land Rover plant at Halewood in Liverpool, northern England, September 12 , 2016. REUTERS/Phil Noble/File Photo
On Sept. 1, Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP) got here into pressure within the European Union, which led some manufacturers to incentivise gross sales in August, pulling ahead demand.
Certain automakers have been unable to recertify all of their fashions in time, additionally disrupting gross sales in September, which is a key promoting month in Britain as one in all solely two events when a brand new licence plate sequence is launched.
Europe’s second-largest automobile market has additionally been hit by double-digit drops in diesel gross sales as a consequence of uncertainty over government coverage and a subsequent levy hike, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) has beforehand stated.
Since hitting file highs in 2015 and 2016, automobile registrations have fallen in Britain, additionally impacted by Britain’s imminent departure from the European Union, the SMMT has stated.
Volumes have been down amongst each personal and business patrons, in response to the preliminary information.
The business physique will publish remaining figures at 0800 GMT on Thursday.
Reporting by Costas Pitas; modifying by Stephen Addison