Motoring by Press Association 05/02/2019, 10:54 am Send us a story Sign up to our Daily newsletter UK new car registrations fell by a modest 1.6 per cent in January – but demand for electrified vehicles increased yet again. In total, 161,013 models left the forecourts, compared with 163,615 during the same period in 2018, according to figures released today by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). Diesel registrations were hit the hardest, with 46,823 cars registered compared with 58,713 last year – a decline of 20.3 per cent. Petrol sales, in contrast, were on the up: 103,176 cars were registered during the month against 96,183 registrations during January 2018 – a rise of 7.3 per cent. Meanwhile, alternatively fuelled vehicles continued to experience increased demand. Total registrations chimed in at 11,014 – a significant increase over the 8,719 vehicles registered last year. It represents an upward swing of 26.3 per … [Read more...] about New car registrations fall in January – but electrified car demand continues to increase
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I drive a 151 Peugeot 5008 with 110,000km. I do 30,000km each year - the majority of which would be shortish journeys: school runs, matches, activities etc. We have three children aged from 10 to 5. We are looking to change to a 17-reg or 18-reg car. Our Peugeot is just out of warranty and things are starting to go wrong. We don't really need a 7-seater - it's handy but not necessary. One child is in a high-back booster, the other two on booster cushions. We are thinking of a Hyundai Tucson. Would you recommend this for our needs? Are there any other cars that you think we should consider? Our budget is around €15k. Gillian: I would have absolutely no concerns about buying a Hyundai Tucson 1.7 dsl. They are popular and have been since the day they launched. You should get into a 181 Comfort Plus model, but maybe look to push your budget a tad more for the Executive spec. There is a new model 1.6 dsl out now, so you will be buying the older model, just something to think about. I … [Read more...] about Tucson or not? Spoilt for choice? €8,000 for second car? Best hybrid? New PCP?
DECIDING whether to buy new or used is the first decision you will need to make when it comes to finding the perfect car for you.Obviously budget is a significant factor, but there are other issues to take into account. Long-term ownership costs, dealer support, payment plans and special offers should all be taken into consideration.It can get confusing, but our quick “New or Used?” guide will help you decide which motor suits you.Manufacturers are desperate to attract new-car buyers and will offer all sorts of special deals and incentives to encourage them to drive a shiny motor off the forecourt.Some of these are gimmicks (nobody is going to buy a new car simply because the dealer says he will throw in a pair of rubber floor mats) but some, such as free roadside recovery, can really start to add up over the years. IN WITH THE DEALCar makers are increasingly offering packages in which you pay a fixed amount for routine service work at their franchises for, say, the first … [Read more...] about Do I want to buy a new car or a used car? And what’s the difference?
The brand will sell its first fully electric model in 2020, with a range of 500 kilometres Luca de Meo: “It’s time to look to the future with the ambition to grow” SEAT achieves an after-tax profit of 281 million euros, 21.3% more than in 2016 before extraordinary effects Turnover rises by 11.1% and sets a record at nearly 10 billion euros Investments and R&D expenses amount close to 1 billion euros in 2017, the highest figure in the last 25 years Cash flow from operating activities rises to 947 million euros to reach a historic level SEAT will launch one new car every six months until 2020. The first two vehicles will be the SEAT Tarraco and the CUPRA Ateca, which are going on sale at the end of 2018. Next year the new generation SEAT Leon will be available in dealerships with two variants, the five-door model and the ST family sized version. The following year – 2020 – will see SEAT’s first fully electric vehicle, built on the Volkswagen … [Read more...] about SEAT to launch one new car every six months until 2020 and kicks off its electric offensive
New car registrations were down by 2.9 per cent in October, according to market figures. While diesel sales continued to plunge - down 21 per cent - the sector was buoyed by a spike in petrol and alternative fuel vehicle sales. However, auto industry commentators have warned of a 'cold, hard winter that could stretch long into 2019 and beyond' due to the government's recent decision to reduce incentives for the purchase of electric and plug-in hybrid cars. New car market strangled: Industry commentators called the decision to reduce incentives for the purchase of hybrid and electric vehicles as 'baffling' when the government was trying to encourage motorists to ditch diesel cars Almost 153,600 new models were bought last month compared to nearly 158,200 in October 2017, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders confirmed. That's despite car makers struggles to fulfill orders in recent months following the introduction of new emissions regulations that has left some … [Read more...] about Fall in UK car sales eases in October