4月份，英国新车市场下跌了-4.1%。according to figures released today by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). The month saw 161,064 units registered,the second lowest April volume since 2012 but following a double-digit increase the previous year.
Registrations by private motorists fell last month,down -10.3%,after a rise of more than 26% in April 2018. Fleet demand,meanwhile,remained stable,增长2.9%，with these businesses registering 2,498 more cars than in April 2018.
Declines were recorded across most vehicle segments,with registrations of popular supermini and small family cars falling most significantly,下降-14.1%和-10.6%。Demand for lower volume luxury saloons and sports cars rose while the dual purpose segment also grew,by +18.4% to 40,580 units.These vehicles are now the third most popular body type,自2012年以来，注册人数增加了两倍。
柴油机注册量再次下降，但下降速度明显放缓，down -9.4%.汽油需求也下降了，by -3.0%.Overall,alternatively fuelled vehicle (AFV) registrations grew by 12.7%,with 10,254 leaving showrooms.Petrol electric hybrids remained the most popular choice,up 31.1% to 6,810 units.Battery electric cars also recorded a strong uplift,从929台到1517台，这仍然只占市场的0.9%。
与此同时，零排放的插电式混合动力车经历了显著的下降，down -34.4% in April and -20.4% year-to-date – evidence of the consequences of prematurely removing upfront purchase incentives before the market is ready.
Manufacturers are investing heavily to bring ultra-low and zero emission cars to market,现在展厅里有40个插件型号，and over 20 more expected to arrive in 2019.然而，如果这一新兴行业要达到有意义的水平，measures and incentives that build business and consumer confidence will be vital.
Mike Hawes,SMMT Chief Executive,说，"While it's great to see buyers respond to the growing range of pure electric cars on offer,they still only represent a tiny fraction of the market and are just one of a number of technologies that will help us on the road to zero.Industry is working hard to deliver on this shared ambition,提供更清洁的汽车以满足各种需求。We need policies that help get the latest,cleanest vehicles on the road more quickly and support market transition for all drivers.This includes investment in infrastructure and long term incentives to make new technologies as affordable as possible."