New car sales in Britain rose for the first time in a year in April, but the demand for diesel models continued to be in decline.
Sales of 168,000 cars a month, will increase by 10% in March, helped in cold weather and in the previous reporting period pushes deliveries in April, and at Easter to give dealers an extra two days to sell in the industry.
The drivers are still turning away from diesel vehicles, which are faced with the looming threat of the city’s payments for environmental pollution throughout Europe. Sales of diesel fuel fell by a quarter, to 51,377.
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Market share for diesel engines which are charged with illegal levels of oxides of nitrogen in the UK declined from 45% in 2017 and to 30% in 2018 still.
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Appetite of electric, hybrid and Plug-in cars is on the rise, sales volume has doubled to 9,365, according to industry body the Society of motor manufacturers and traders.
Mike Hawes, Executive Director of oppa, warned against to look at one month in isolation, stating that with increasing demand for greener Cars is welcome, their numbers were rather small and will “do little to offset the damage reduced”, referring to diesel cars.
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Alleged positive performance for the month is also flattered by the fact that in April 2017 the sales were relatively low because of changes in the transport tax.
Yang Gilmartin, an analyst at Barclays, said: “with the exception of last year, is still the weakest April since 2013, but after a full year of declines, industry will raise the sales growth as it is achieved”.
Society of producers and sellers of cars called the results strong and expects that the market will continue to recover gradually this year.
Professor David Bailey, Automotive industry expert at Aston University, he said he still expected sales for the year decreased by 5% to 10% in 2017.
“The trend is clear that sales in the first half of this year was not looking down, and the trend away from diesel still pronounced”, he said.