New car market drops 2.8%, figures show

The new car market is continuing to decline as demand for diesels plummets, industry figures show.

Just under 81,000 new cars were registered in February - down 2.8% on the same month last year, according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

This was driven by a 23.5% fall in the number of new diesel cars bought.

Diesel cars held a market share of just 35% last month, compared with 44.5% in February 2017.

Registrations of petrol cars were up 14.4% last month, while demand for alternatively fuelled vehicles such as hybrids and pure electrics increased by 7.2%.

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