The number of used diesel cars purchased in Britain increased by 2% in the first quarter of 2018, in contrast to the 10.5% drop in demand for new oil-fired cars during the same period.
Figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) show that a total of 2,031,661 used cars changed hands in the first three months of the year, down 4.8 % compared to the same period in 2017. However, much of the decline can be attributed to used gasoline cars, whose demand fell by 9.7%.
Conversely, the demand for used alternative fuel vehicles grew by 15.9% with 24,697 sales. Within this category, used electric cars grew 33.8% to 2,927 units, while hybrids rose 14.1%.
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This helped bring the market share of used alternative fuel vehicles to 1.2%. Although demand for gasoline is declining, it still accounts for 55.9% of the used market share, while diesel accounts for 42.8%.
SMMT boss Mike Hawes said: “Despite the overall decline in demand, the UK used car industry remains at a very high level and it’s great to see millions of consumers benefit from some of the models. the newest, safest and cleanest filtering on the market now. “
However, he warned that the current decline in the new car market could have a knock-on effect on used sales: “To maintain this choice and improve air quality as quickly as possible, we need to stability in the new car market. This means giving consumers the confidence to trade in their old cars for the best new low-emission model to meet their needs, regardless of fuel type.
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The UK’s favorite new car, the Ford Fiesta, was also number one in the used car rankings in the first quarter. Used Fiesta sales amounted to 92,569, beating the The 83 781 and the Vauxhall Corsa 81 663.
British tastes for color also changed in the first three months of the year, with black overtaking silver as the country’s favorite used car color. Blue, gray and white were the next favorites.
While superminis remained the top-selling used body type, dual-use vehicles (such as pickups) experienced the fastest growth in the first quarter, with used sales rising by 12.8% to 206,500.
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