Press release

New car registrations | May 2019

Ian Plummer offers his view on May's new car performance 

“One of the effects of Brexit on the economy has been a hit on the exchange rate. As sterling falls, car brands don’t see the UK as such a profitable let alone stable market. As such, the UK is running an ever greater risk of not getting its share of the most desirable cars coming off international production lines; too many of the most sought after vehicles will be going elsewhere in Europe. That situation could last as long as demand holds firm in the other key European markets; and today they’re generally looking positive," explains Ian Plummer, Commercial Director at Auto Trader.

 “Consumers too, are cautious because of Brexit and the added uncertainty around fuel type. We’re inundated with rhetoric as well as regulation which almost punishes drivers of certain diesels, with the introduction of ULEZ and paying more for parking, but there aren’t enough positive incentives to adopt newer technologies, leaving consumers confused and hesitant to invest in new cars. If we can’t encourage people to actively accelerate their choice of next car, and a cleaner car, we’ll neither be helping to improve the emissions output of the overall UK car fleet, nor helping to sustain the health of the UK car market.

 “In the current uncertain climate and with contracting margins, retailers and brands are struggling to hold prices and to incentivise sales; they simply don’t have enough money to encourage consumers who already aren’t confident leaving the industry in limbo. We need to take away the uncertainty, make sure that there is a positive case for change and give consumers more carrots than sticks.”

Get set for forecourts opening on Monday with our latest #GetRetailReady #infographic revealing car buyer's thoughts and expectations in the new #retail landscape. https://t.co/iEsnRun6j8 https://t.co/OPHraHWwX1
Auto Trader Highly Rated is back for 2020! Our Highly Rated Award recognises those car retailers delivering the very best in customer service. Find out when we will be announcing the 2020 Award recipients and what criteria you need to meet to qualify. https://t.co/3KF1MkqhfV https://t.co/LpmE65LbMw
Ian Plummer was invited onto @BBCNews this morning to discuss the latest manufacturing figures from the @SMMT. He took the opportunity to highlight the pent up demand in the market & all the measures #retailers have been taking to get #retailready ahead of #showrooms reopening https://t.co/uNmpEYMatT
Thanks James, kind of you to say and great to hear you've found the insight beneficial https://t.co/63vAiNfMfG
To help retailers get back to selling vehicles as quickly as possible, we're launching a new marketing campaign as well as introducing some of the biggest changes to our site in recent years designed to drive more buyers to your ads. Find out more here: https://t.co/JvfE40zohI https://t.co/dqnoP6x3G0
With showrooms set to open on Monday, we’ve put together a handy #infographic to take you through car buyers' thoughts and expectations in the new #retail landscape. https://t.co/nqvKSP6X5t https://t.co/fUhwQ9j9Fq
Thanks to everyone for joining today's #webinar and of course thank you to our guest presenters @adamjt11 and @MikeHawesSMMT. Be sure to join next week and best of luck to those opening their doors next week #retailready https://t.co/qkAmfJw5kC
Catherine reveals the latest changes coming to the Auto Trader platform to improve the #userexperience and increase ad views and dwell time. https://t.co/EiIphIdQfH
Our latest consumer #marketing campaign is designed to give consumers confidence that they can join the car buying journey again and to push the message that #automotive is back in business!
Back to Catherine to talk about how we are helping consumers to get #retailready

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