CAR gross sales information tumbled in March with the marketplace for 17-plate motors rising by a whopping 8.four per cent.
The most important month-to-month rise since information started was put right down to an enormous surge in electrical and low-emission motors.
The highest three fashions to fly off the showroom forecourt, based on figures from the Society of Motor
Producers and Merchants, have been the Ford Fiesta, Ford Focus and the Vauxhall Corsa.
SMMT chief exec Mike Hawes mentioned: “These file figures are undoubtedly boosted by customers reacting to new highway tax modifications, pulling ahead purchases into March.”
Following a brand new hike on April 1, solely purely electrical autos now qualify as tax free. Consequently, gross sales of low-emission automobiles jumped by nearly a 3rd in March.
The modifications imply hybrids and dual-fuel autos will no-longer qualify for a zero automobile tax bonus below the brand new guidelines based mostly on a car’s emissions. Drivers of low-emission automobiles like hybrids should pay a sliding scale of costs based mostly on the automobile’s CO2 output for the primary 12 months of possession. After that, petrol or diesel autos are topic to a price of £140 a 12 months.Regardless of the cloud hanging over diesel automobiles, gross sales have been up 1.6 per cent in March to 244,463. Diesel’s complete market share fell, nonetheless, to 43 per cent from 46 per cent in March final 12 months.
The picture of diesel automobiles, as soon as touted because the greener different to petrol-engined automobiles, has taken a battering as folks have change into extra conscious of the air pollution they pump out.
London mayor Sadiq Khan threatened to clobber drivers in London with the world’s first Extremely-low Emissions Zone.
His proposals might imply that house owners of probably the most polluting automobiles should cough up £12.50 — on prime of the £11.50 every day congestion cost.