New car market down 1.3% in November

Demand for new cars fell 1.3% last month, the automotive industry said.

Some 2,018 fewer cars were registered in November than during the same month in 2018, according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

This maintains the downward trend for new car registrations throughout 2019 as the industry has been hit by weak business and consumer confidence, economic uncertainty and confusion over diesel and clean air zones, the trade association said.

The decline was driven by a 6.1% drop in demand from private consumers.