The UK new car market dipped in February, according to figures released this morning by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders.
Some 80,805 new cars were registered, a -2.8% drop compared with February 2017, in what is traditionally one of the quietest months of the year ahead of the March number plate change.
Continuing recent trends, demand for petrol and alternatively fuelled vehicles rose in February, up 14.4% and 7.2% respectively, with the former driven by some new, smaller models coming to market.
Registrations of new diesel cars declined -23.5%, on the back of mounting public concerns over emissions and businesses who are worried by higher tax penalties for users.
Last month’s top ten were: Fiesta, Golf, Focus, MB A Class, Kuga, Mokka X, Mini, MB C Class, BMW 3 Series, Sportage.