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Sales of new cars continue to rise despite fears that that the market is hitting saturation point and that Brexit uncertainty could start affecting dealers’ forecourts. August sales rose 3.3 per cent with sales to fleet customers up 7.7 per cent. Sales to private owners were off 0.2 per cent.
Sue Robinson, Director of National Franchised Dealers Association said, “Intelligence from our members demonstrates consumer demand remains steady as a result of record employment levels and record low interest rates.” She added her members look forward to the September plate change with confidence.
New car registrations, Road to recovery – NFDA Comment from Sue Robinson (attached)
New car registrations raced ahead in August signaling a recovery in the sector post-brexit. Figures from the SMMT reveal new car sales rose by 3.3 per cent on August last year.
Sue Robinson, Director of National Franchised Dealers Association said, “Intelligence from our members demonstrates consumer demand remains steady as a result of record employment levels and record low interest rates.
The UK’s services industry rebounded strongly in August, suggesting the country will “avoid recession”, according to a closely-watched survey. The Markit/CIPS purchasing managers’ index (PMI) showed activity in UK services recorded the biggest month-on-month rise in the survey’s history. The index rose from 47.4 in July to 52.9 in August. A score above 50 indicates growth.
It effectively takes services back to pre-referendum levels, Markit said. The PMI is a survey of business managers, gauging whether their firm’s activity has increased compared with the previous month. The return to growth for the services industry – which accounts for nearly 80% of the UK economy – adds to signs of recovery in manufacturing and construction last month.
Volkswagen faces claims that it broke consumer protection laws in 20 European countries by marketing cars at the centre of the “dieselgate” scandal as “green”. Vera Jourova, the EU justice commissioner, is pushing national authorities to investigate if Volkswagen broke the law on their territory, and if so to take action against the company. She wrote to capitals earlier this summer requesting information on what they had done to probe VW’s actions.
London’s police are testing silent electric cars that can CREEP UP on suspects
A screeching police siren careering down the road can be intimidating, but it can also give criminals a head start on knowing where and when the police are coming. Now, a new electric car is being trialed by the London Metropolitan Police, could allow officers to more subtly creep up on their suspects. A BMW i3 Range Extender is now being used on patrol in the Wandsworth Borough Commander, to allow the Met to determine how zero emission electric cars perform in a live operational environment.
The 2017 Land Rover Discovery will be revealed in full on the eve of the Paris motor show on September 28th, marking the fifth generation of a model that was first shown in 1989 at the Frankfurt motor show. Back then the Discovery was a revelation, bringing a stylish side (the interior was designed by the Conran Group) to what was actually still a pretty utilitarian machine.