Car sales decline – including plug-in hybrids

The UK new car market declined by 4.1 per cent in April, according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) with 161,064 units registered, the second lowest April volume since 2012.

Diesel registrations fell again, but the pace of decline is slowing significantly, and petrol demand also dropped.

Overall, alternatively fuelled vehicle (AFV) registrations grew by 12.7 per cent, with 10,254 leaving showrooms. However, zero emission-capable plug-in hybrids experienced a significant decline, down 34.4 per cent and 20.4% year-to.

This leaves the winners as petrol-electric hybrids, up 31.1 per cent to 6,810 units and pure electric cars almost doubling in popularity – albeit from 929 to 1,517 units, which still only represents 0.9 per cent of the market.

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