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UK Car Registrations Decline In November: SMMT

UK new car demand declined in November as confusion over diesel continues to impact the market, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders said Tuesday.

Car registrations logged a double-digit annual decline of 11.2 percent in November. Car sales totaled 163,541 units.

An eighth month of decline in the new car market is a major concern, with falling business and consumer confidence exacerbated by ongoing anti-diesel messages from government, Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said.

The decision to tax the latest low emission diesels is a step backwards and will only discourage drivers from trading in their older, more polluting cars, Hawes said.

During January to November period, overall registrations decreased 5 percent to 2,388,144.

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