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October 2018 New Car Registrations

Will AFV adoption be fast enough to offset the decline in diesel? 

"Car manufacturers may choose not to market the new generation of electric vehicles in the UK if the Government continues to put up barriers." So says Ian Plummer, director of Auto Trader. Plummer was speaking as October’s new car sales figures show the fall-out from the new Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicles Test Procedure (WLTP) hasn’t been limited to September.

“Reducing the OLEV grant is a big step-backwards and will create a major barrier to entry,” he said. “It’s frustrating that this much needed lifeline for the industry is being undermined by the government’s relentless efforts to stigmatise traditional fuel types rather than offering a clear and compelling narrative to switch to electric.

“The reality is, the growing array of exciting new electric vehicles simply won’t come to the UK if consumers have a reduced incentive to buy them, and not only will that harm the market, but the government’s road to zero ambitions too.

“Despite the slowdown there is still expectation that the back end of this year will be stronger than the typical run up to Christmas. As production gets back up to full-swing, and new cars start filtering through, there’ll be a good opportunity for retailers to fulfil their delayed customer orders. However, we’ve seen an increase in nearly new ad views over the last two months, suggesting many consumers have grown impatient waiting, opting instead for a similar used model, which will make it a very tense close to 2018 for new car sales.  

“Undoubtedly, it’s been a challenging year for the market, however it remains buoyant thanks largely to two bright spots: the continuing growth in popularity of SUVs and the growing appetite for alternatively fuelled vehicles (AFVs). 4x4s are consistently within the top three body types searched for on our marketplace and they’ve topped the list as the fastest selling used car more often than any other type in 2018. And at a time when sales of new AFVs are seeing unprecedented growth we’re seeing record levels of popularity on Auto Trader. Not only are they the only fuel type to record an increase in consumer searches last month, but in July a Renault Zoe topped the list as the UK's fastest selling used car, which was a first for an all-electric vehicle. Just think what levels of adoption we'd see if the government offered clear incentives for these models.”

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
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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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