Diesel decline and Brexit uncertainty push down UK car sales

SMMT warns of ‘existential threat’ to industry if Britain leaves the EU with no deal

Car sales in the UK declined by almost 7% in 2018, with consumer confidence declining ahead of Brexit and drivers increasingly unwilling to purchase new diesel models.

The total number of vehicles sold in the UK was 2.37 million, the lowest figure for five years and fewer than the annual total for 2007, before the financial crisis hit.

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