The latest new car registration figures
from SMMT have been described by the company's chief executive Mike Hawes as: "a major concern". 2018 saw a year-on-year fall of 6.8 percent, and a continuation of a trend which started in 2017 when car
sales were down by 5.7 percent on 2016. Adding context, Hawes went on to say: "Falling consumer confidence, confusing fiscal and policy messages and shortages due to regulatory changes have combined to create a highly turbulent market. The industry is facing ever-tougher environmental targets against a backdrop of political and economic uncertainty that is weakening demand so these figures should act as a wake-up call for policy makers."