The car industry has endured another slight contraction this year and that’s actually great news for the consumer. New car registrations in the first nine months of the year totalled 128,578 which was 10.2% down on the same period in 2016.
Diesel power continues to be the biggest seller, accounting for 65% of sales but that’s actually just over 16% down on 2016 reflecting a worldwide trend. Naturally petrol filled most of that gap but interestingly, hybrid petrol power is up 77% on 2016 while the 579 electric cars sold in the first three quarters of 2017 is actually a 56% improvement.
The message is that, while the economy in general continues to improve, car sales have peaked after the boom which followed the dark years of the recession. Add in changing consumer needs and it’s a fascinating environment for the manufacturers.
That’s all good news for the bargain hunting car buyer with plenty of incentives on offer to attract your attention.
In this 181 edition of Drive – New Car Buyer’s Guide we highlight the best of the new and updated models on offer. As ever, we’ve done our best to ensure that prices are correct at time of press but check with your local dealer for any updated pricing or special offers.
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