VW sales drop by a fifth in UK

New car registrations in November for brands including VW, Audi, Seat and Skoda all plummet year-on-year in clearest sign yet of emission scandal’s implications.

VolgswagenVolkswagen sales in the UK collapsed in November with new car registrations of Wolkswagen-branded vechicles tumbling 20% year-on-year in the aftermath of the diesel emissions scandal, industry data showed.

Overall new car registrations grew 3.8% year-on-year in November to 178,876, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders said. This contrasted with a 1.1% drop in October, which ended nearly 4 years’ of continual growth in a marketplace which has been boosted by purchases helped by cheap finance deals.

However, all of VW’s main brands displayed drops, with Audi branded cars falling 4%, Seat 24% and Skoda 11%.

Although the scandal hitting the German carmaker first broke in mid-September, car deliveries typically happen several weeks after customers decide to purchase, making November’s data the best indicator so far of the impact on demand.

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